In 2011, an anonymous Canadian man fractured his penis while having sex with his wife. As if that indignity wasn't enough, surgery to correct the injury allegedly left him with a dick that was "about an inch" shorter than before.
By his lawsuit's account, the man went to the hospital after his injury and was told by a nurse and an off-site urologist that it wouldn't require surgery. When he still couldn't have sex after three months, he came back in for the operation.
A fracture can occur when there is trauma to the erect penis. If it is bent suddenly or forcefully while engorged, the trauma may rupture the lining of one of the two cylinders in the penis (corpus cavernosum) responsible for erections.
The injury is often accompanied by an audible cracking sound, then dark bruising as blood escapes from the cylinder.
The surgery allegedly left a "permanent scar" and a continued inability to have sex in addition to the shortened appendage. The man, who is paraplegic, claims the experience led to the end of his marriage. He described the trauma thusly:
"This has caused a greater impact on my life than when I lost the use of my legs."