And I thought the AMA was unreasonable on malpractice caps . . . Surgeon Naum Ciomu was operating on patient Nelu Radonescu, 36, to correct a testicular malformation when he suddenly lost his temper. He cut off Radonescu’s penis and then chopped it up into small bits on a nearby operating room table. He then ran out of the operating room. The injustice? The union objects to a court judgment imposing £100,000 in damages to pay to reconstruct the man’s penis from tissue in his arm.
It appears that it is not a crime to chop up a person’s body party (even if the initial amputation was a mistake).
The union is outraged because doctors in the country make little money as it is and Ciomu has already been punished enough after having his medical licence suspended. They insist that he cut off the penis by mistake and then “overreacted” due to stress in his life. Here is my favorite qoute from Vasile Astarastoae, Vice-president of the Romanian Doctors Union: “Ciomu’s case is a dangerous precedent for all Romanian doctors. In future doctors may have to think very carefully about what work they undertake.”
That would of course be the point of deterrence. It would not be a bad thing for doctors to think very carefully before cutting off a man’s penis and chopping it into small bits. I can live with that.
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