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Iowa jury awards $1.4M to man who got vasectomy, not circumcision

Nov 18, 2019, 3:54 PM | Updated: Dec 30, 2022, 11:25 am
A Burmese man was awared $1.4M for an incorrect surgery. He wanted to be circumcised, but received ...
A Burmese man was awared $1.4M for an incorrect surgery. He wanted to be circumcised, but received a vasectomy instead. (Photo credit: Getty Images)
(Photo credit: Getty Images)

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) — A jury in Iowa has awarded $1.4 million to a Burmese immigrant who wanted a circumcision but instead got a vasectomy.

The Des Moines Register reports that the jury last week leveled a $2 million judgment against Dr. Kevin Birusingh, who performed the vasectomy.

But jurors decided the man who filed the lawsuit, Zaw Zaw, was 30% responsible.

Zaw is a 41-year-old refugee from Myanmar. He sued in November 2017, nearly two years after the errant procedure.

Birusingh’s attorney says Zaw, who is not fluent in English, signed two informed consents that were translated into Burmese, and completed four consultations before undergoing the procedure.

The lawsuit says there’s no word for “vasectomy” in Burmese.

Zaw’s attorney, Marc Harding, says a doctor’s referral documents showed Zaw was seeking a circumcision.
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Information from: The Des Moines Register, http://www.desmoinesregister.com

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Iowa jury awards $1.4M to man who got vasectomy, not circumcision