Man Sues VA; Claims Treatment Caused Frostbitten Penis

LOUISVILLE, Ky. (October 2, 2012)--Army veteran Michael D. Hash of Louisville, Ky., claims a Veterans Administration nurse repeatedly put ice packs on his penis after surgery, which caused frostbite and gangrene and ultimately led to amputation.

Nash filed suit Tuesday in U.S. District Court in Louisville, seeking $10 million in damages for what he calls medical malpractice.

Nash went to the VA hospital in Lexington for surgery on his penis.

After the procedure, Nash's attorneys say, a nurse packed his groin in ice for 19 hours.

The attorneys say that treatment caused the injuries, resulting in amputation of a significant part of his penis.

Attorney Larry Jones says Nash will require reconstructive surgery.

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