48-year-old Catherine Kieu — better known as the woman who cut off her husband's penis and tossed it in the garbage disposal because "he deserved it" — appeared in court yesterday, where she was charged with torture and aggravated mayhem. And we now might finally know why the man "deserved it." Prosecutors claim that "an argument over houseguests" at their Garden Grove, California condo drove Kieu to drug her husband, tie him up, pull out a 10-inch knife and, well, you know. Damn, that's a little harsh, no?
But the term "houseguests" leaves us wondering. Was Kieu's husband throwing ragers? Were there too many couch surfers staying over? We'll just have to wait. And, finally, there may be some sort of good-ish news for the victim: A doctor at the hospital where the man underwent surgery told the AP:
Dr. Joel Gelman heads UC Irvine's Center for Reconstructive Urology, didn't comment on the victim specifically but said a severed penis is "a terrible loss and it's the hardest thing, in our specialty, to deal with surgically."
In cases of penis loss, a penis-like structure with limited utility can be constructed using flesh and skin from the forearm, said Gelman.
When reached by phone the victim told reporters, "This is a private matter."
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