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Man sues doctors over circumcision gone wrong

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By Anthony Wesaka

Posted  Friday, December 20  2013 at  02:00

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The victim is also demanding Shs9m as compensation

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Kampala- A man who claims his penis was permanently damaged after undergoing circumcision has dragged two doctors to court over professional negligence and misconduct.

Mr Patrick Izimba is suing Dr Francis Kakooza, Dr Edward Kunonya and Medik Medical Centre in Kawempe where the doctors work.

Mr Izimba is also seeking more than Shs9m in damages that he claims he lost in treatment, transport and feeding.

In his complaint before the High Court in Kampala, the plaintiff claims that on May 20, he sought circumcision services at Medik Medical Center where he was attended to by Dr Kakooza under the supervision of Dr Kunonya, the proprietor of the health facility, after paying Shs20,000 for the drugs.

He alleges that during the operation, the doctors injected a drug directly to his penis which made it stiff for three consecutive days with continuous loss of blood.

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As a result, it turned dry and dark despite repeated visits to the medical centre for treatment.

Mr Izimba claims that due to the misapplication and misdiagnosis of the injected drug, his penis sustained severe damage hence being disabled permanently.

The victim states that upon realising that the situation was unmanageable, the doctors took him to Mulago hospital where he was admitted and underwent treatment for a month.

He was later transferred to Comprehensive Rehabilitation Service Uganda where he spent three months undergoing further treatment, including skin grafting and plastic surgery.

Court has summoned the doctors and the medical centre to file their defence in 15 days before a hearing date can be fixed.

The case file has been allocated to judge Yasin Nyanzi.

awesaka@ug.nationmedia.com