SEATTLE – A Mason County man who lost his penis to flesh-eating bacteria in prison has won a $300,000 settlement from the Washington Department of Corrections.
The 61-year-old man, Charlie Manning, told The Seattle Times on Monday that he settled because he wants the ordeal to be over. The department said in a statement it settled to save the cost of litigation.
Manning was serving time in 2004 for threatening a neighbor. When he became ill at the Stafford Creek prison near Aberdeen it was diagnosed as a reaction to cold medicine.
By the time Manning was airlifted to a Seattle hospital with an internal abscess, doctors had to remove several pounds of flesh from his pelvic region.
Surgeons made a replacement penis with skin from his thigh.