Family Awarded $2.3 Million for Botched Circumcision

A jury in Georgia's Fulton County awarded $1.8 million to a boy whose penis was severed in a botched circumcision, and another $500,000 to the boy's mother, the Atlanta Journal-Constitution reported Monday.

The jury made the award Friday. The child, identified only as D.P. Jr., was born at South Fulton Medical Center in 2004.

His mother filed a lawsuit two years later claiming that the doctor who circumcisedher son removed too much tissue and that his pediatrician failed to respond when a nurse complained of excessive bleeding.

Defense lawyer David J. Llewellyn, of Atlanta, said the tip of the penis was placed in a biohazard bag and that doctors might have been able to reattach it if they had acted within eight hours of the procedure.

The jury found the pediatrician, Dr. Cheryl Kendall, and Dr. Haiba Sonyika, the physician who performed the circumcision, negligent. The hospital was cleared of liability.

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