Man Blames Doctor for 'Flesh-Eating Bacteria' that Took His Penis

A 65-year-old man who underwent penile implant surgery at a Florida hospital in 2007 is suing the anesthesiologist who assisted in performing the operation for malpractice, claiming that his negligence led to an infection that resulted in the amputation of his penis.

Enrique Milla's lawyer, Spencer Aronfeld, claims the former Miami resident who was deported to Peru last year with his family, elected to have the surgery to treat his erectile dysfunction, not because he wanted "to have a bigger penis."

Two weeks after the procedure, Milla developed an infection that eventually turned gangrenous. His penis eventually had to be amputated to save his life. Milla alleges that Dr. Laurentiu Boeru did not properly examine him prior to the surgery in order to determine if he was healthy enough to endure it.

Aronfeld says his client hadn't been to a doctor in 15 years prior to the consultation, and was suffering from an extreme case of diabetes and high blood pressure, and had unacceptably high blood sugar levels on the day of surgery.

But Dr. Boeru and his lawyer, Jay Chimpoulis, counter that Milla is at fault for his infection, failing to heed the warning not to engage in sexual activities following the operation. "This is an infection that occurred in this gentleman because he didn't do what he was supposed to do post-operatively nine days after the surgery," said Chimpoulis.

The trial by jury will resume next week.

The Miami Herald reports that Milla had previously sued the doctor who performed the surgery, urologist Paul Perito. The two settled last year for an undisclosed sum.

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