Atlanta, GA, May 29, 2015 –The Law Firm of Jonathan W. Johnson, LLC filed a lawsuit on September 25, 2014 in Clayton County State Court on behalf of their client, Stacie Willis, as parent of her infant son, DeJuan Williams, who had the end of his penis amputated during a botched circumcision. Ms. Willis had taken her son to Life Cycle OB/GYN and Pediatrics in Riverdale, Georgia for a routine circumcision in October 2013. Nurse Midwife Melissa Jones performed the procedure with a Mogen clamp. Most nurse midwives do not perform circumcisions.
On May 20, 2015, Judge Aaron B. Mason granted the Plaintiff’s motion to add as defendants,Teleflex Incorporated and Teleflex Medical Incorporated, the alleged manufacturer of the Mogen clamp used during the procedure. Mogen clamps have been found to be defective products which cause circumcision injuries to infants in other cases.
The infant has undergone several corrective surgeries and it is expected that his future medical needs and expenses will exceed $1,000,000.00.
By Stacie Willis:
It all started on Oct 21, 2013 about 2 1/2 weeks after my baby boy (Dejuan) was born. During a time when I should have enjoyed being a mother, my nightmare began! On Oct 21, 2013, my son went in to Lifecycle OBGYN to get circumcised. During this time, I could hear my son screaming and hollering like he was in tremendous pain. I quickly ran to his side too see what the problem was.
I witnessed the glans of my son’s penis gone. The tip of his glands and urethra were severed. I repeatedly asked the midwife what was going on and why was my son bleeding profusely from his penis. She told me everything was okay and my baby would be fine.
I was scared and confused on what was happening, because I knew something was not right.
As a mother I got a second opinion, I arrived at the hospital and had my son checked out, and my suspicion was right. I knew the way his penis was bleeding was not right or normal. I have to other boys, (both have been circumcised) and never experienced this.
Due to this incident, it has caused my son to have corrective surgery on his penis for the rest of his life. Dejuan has already had two surgeries to reopen his pee hole to correct the problem, and he is only one year old. The fact that my son will never live a normal life is devastating and my son’s penis will never be normal no matter how many surgeries he has to have.
My son will never have a sensation feeling at the head of his penis and may never be able to have children due to his damaged nerves from this horrific accident. My son has already started to develop issues due to this horrific incident .
As a parent, it’s very hard to see your child face and live with the difficulties and magnitude of his situation. This pains me, and is very depressing and heart breaking to see my son go through all of this pain and suffering possibly for the rest of his life.
At a very young age my son Wille (will) start seeing a therapist to start helping him understand what he is going through and what he will be dealing with for the rest of his life. My son has had to have his man made pee hole stitched shut because the hole decreased tremendously causing him pain while trying to urinate as well as getting his urethra re-opened, because of his urine stream decreased.
For the most part my son is a very happy and playful little boy. My son will have his third surgery on May 22, 2015 at the Discovery Clinic at The University of Minnesota.
It is not known how many surgeries he will need over his lifetime, and each surgery is expensive. Dejuan is currently without any insurance coverage for Minnesota, and his medical needs have far exceeded what our family will be able to handle over a long period of time.