A bungling surgeon amputated a man's penis after wrongly diagnosing him with cancer on his crown jewels, according to reports.
The young urologist is now being investigated by Italy's top health officials after the clanger in Arezzo's San Donato Hospital in November 2018.
The 30-year-old performed the operation to remove the 'tumour' a month after diagnosing the man, believed to be in his 60s, with cancer.
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Reports suggest that the surgery was smooth, but analysis of the detached member revealed there were no issues with it.
A case was brought by the man and a preliminary court hearing is scheduled for March 9 in Arezzo, Tuscany.
In December last year a similar incident occurred in France and a hospital was forced to pay out tens of thousands of pounds.
A bloke said unnecessary surgeries at Nantes University Hospital, France, had seen doctors there “play Russian roulette” with him, and now he could no longer “feel anything”.
Around £53,700 (€61,000) was ordered to be paid for “wrongful breaches” that led to “a total removal of the penis”.
The patient told France Bleu: “I have hatred towards this doctor who did not listen to me.
“He played Russian roulette with me!
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“But you can't replace a feeling of a penis with several sensors."
In 2014 the patient, then aged 30, was diagnosed with carcinoma, a type of malignant cancer that attacks epithelial tissue.
However, according to the Administrative Court of Nantes, his treatment “was characterized by faulty breaches” that would ultimately lead to the cancer claiming his entire penis.
From the Loire-Atlantique region in western France, the father of three told France Bleu he was “disgusted,” adding “I'm really devastated and it's really shameful".
The urologist at the University Hospital had allegedly been aiming to remove as much of the tumour as possible while damaging as little of the penis as they could, but the plan didn’t work.
The pain being caused by the condition intensified: “I was completely crazy,” the patient said, “there was even a moment when I wanted to cut it myself.
“It was my wife who stopped me. I had the cutter, Betadine, and I was preparing my thing in the garage!”
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