Inmate Sues Hospital for Circumcision Procedure That "Robbed" Him of His Sexual Prowess

A South Dakota prison inmate, who recently found out about his missing foreskin, has filed a federal lawsuit against the hospital where he was born, claiming that doctors who had performed his circumcision had robbed him of his sexual prowess.
A South Dakota prison inmate, who recently found out about his missing foreskin, has filed a federal lawsuit against the hospital where he was born, claiming that doctors who had performed his circumcision had robbed him of his sexual prowess. Zohra Bensemra / Reuters

A South Dakota prison inmate, who recently found out about his missing foreskin, has filed a federal lawsuit against the hospital where he was born, claiming that doctors who had performed his circumcision had robbed him of his sexual prowess.

Dean Cochrun said that he “was robbed of sensitivity during sexual intercourse,” and that he lost “the sense of security and well-being I am entitled to in my person.”

The 28-year-old, who is convicted for kidnapping, is asking for $1,000 in compensatory and punitive damages and free reattachment surgery so that he “could feel whole again,” and he argues that an “unknown doctor” at the previously named Sioux Valley Hospital and now Sanford Hospital misled his mother into believing that the procedure was medically necessary, when in fact circumcision was unnecessary, unethical and without health benefits, the Associated Press reported.

"I was recently made aware of the fact that I had been (circumcised) and that ... I was robbed of sensitivity during sexual intercourse as well as the sense of security and well-being I am entitled to in my person," he wrote in the lawsuit, adding that if the operation did not occur both him and his partners would "have that sensitivity during sexual intercourse and have a normal sex life."

Cochrun is not currently being represented by a lawyer in the lawsuit, according to AP.

DyAnn Smith, a patient relations representative at Sanford, had replied to Cochrun, who wrote a letter demanding that his foreskin be replaced, that the hospital will not pay for the procedure. 

"There will be no further correspondence about this matter," she wrote, according to AP.

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