Jury Finds No Negligence in Penile Implant Gone Wrong


WILMINGTON, Del. – A jury in Delaware says there was no medical negligence in a penile implant procedure that the patient said left him with an 8-month erection and enlarged testicles.

The New Castle County Superior Court jury decided that urologist Dr. Thomas Desperito was not negligent in the procedure he performed in December 2009 on 44-year-old truck driver Daniel Metzgar.

The News Journal of Wilmington reported that during the weeklong trial, Metzgar testified that his constant erection drew taunts from family and friends, as well as stares, slurs and threats from strangers. He testified that the procedure caused him to withdraw from much of life, wearing long, baggy sweat pants and a long shirt to hide his condition.

Metzgar had the prosthesis removed in August 2010, after tubing from the device punctured his scrotum.

Photo: (L) Daniel Metzgar, (R) Attorney Michael Heyden / DANIEL SATO/The News Journal

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  • gary8860

    Hard times for this guy!

  • Robert Weatherby

    So this was automatically assumed or proven to be true, but he didn’t go insane with blood pressure being applied to one part of his body nonstop for 8-months??? It would be like feeling extra muscle action in your arm for 8-months. William Shatner has a condition that causes non-stop ringing in his ears, which explains his attitude, for which I wish George Takei and Nicholle Nichols would accept and unvoluntary apology and stop talking about him. It’s a good analogy.

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