A cancer patient who lost most of his penis to a nightmare superbug is suing over the infection that he says left him unable to have sex.
Andrew Lane, 61, is taking legal action against a hospital where he said he contracted the flesh-eating bug. He claims his bowel was punctured during a surgery to remove his prostate gland, but that it went unnoticed for several days, leading to infection.
“It has just been a horrendous experience. I thought I was going to die,” he told the Telegraph about his eight-week ordeal at Southend University Hospital in the United Kingdom.
He left the hospital with a body that he says is a far cry from his former athletic self.
“I was super-fit before all this,” he said. “I had a good body, but now I look like I’m nine months pregnant. I can’t ever bear to look at myself naked.
Although his penis was not entirely lost, Lane said sex is out of the question for him and his wife.
“The most difficult bit is not being able to have sex with my wife anymore,” he said. “We’re a normal couple who enjoyed it as part of a healthy relationship and I do miss that.”
A lawyer representing Lane said that his client hopes to make sure that steps are taken at the hospital to ensure no one suffers the same experience.
“Mr. Lane believed he was going into hospital for a routine operation and would be home within days,” his lawyer Nick Greaves said. “Instead, he has been left with permanent and life-changing injuries that have turned his world upside down. Although nothing can change that, he wants to know what happened and ensure it is fully investigated and everything possible done to prevent anyone else having to go through the same ordeal.”
This article was originally published in the NY Post.