Ex-NC inmate suing feds over penis amputation

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BUTNER, N.C. — A former inmate at a federal prison in North Carolina is suing the government over delays in treatment he says cost him part of his genitalia.

The News & Observer of Raleigh reports that 48-year-old Greg Baker of Hamilton, Ohio, says delays in examining and testing a lesion on his penis went on for months.

When it was finally found to be cancerous, most of Baker’s penis had to be amputated.

The government says it can’t be held liable because it had contracted with a company to handle health care for inmates at the Federal Correctional Complex at Butner.

Federal employees provide primary medical care, but the prison system contracted with a company called MDI to staff clinics with doctors and to administer care performed outside the prison.

Credit: The Associated Press.

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