BIRMINGHAM, Ala. (AP) — A judge threw out a lawsuit filed by an Alabama man who claims a botched circumcision resulted in the amputation of his penis, ruling Thursday that the complaint wasn't specific under state malpractice law.
Jefferson County Circuit Judge Jim Hughey III ruled after a brief hearing that the suit filed Johnny Lee Banks Jr. and his wife lacked sufficient details but could be filed again to include specific times and dates of alleged actions.
Banks, 59, has numerous health problems including diabetes that have led to the amputation of his legs. He left the courtroom in tears in a wheelchair after talking with his lawyer, John Graves.
"It's a terrible, terrible tragedy what my client has gone through," Graves told the judge.
The judge gave the man 30 days to file an amended lawsuit, which Graves said he planned to do.
Banks and his wife last month sued Princeton Baptist Medical Center in Birmingham plus Drs. Michael Bivins and Alan Aikens and their employers. Banks alleges that he awoke from what was supposed to be a routine circumcision in June to realize his penis was gone.
Attorneys for the doctors and hospital contend the medical procedure alleged in the suit never happened and predicted the lawsuit will be dismissed again if Banks pursues the claim.
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