CHICAGO SUN-TIMES, Wednesday, August 16, 2006.

Boy's parents sue doctors

A Chicago couple filed suit Tuesday against Northwestern Memorial Hospital and five doctors involved in their son's birth, saying negligence cost the boy a testicle. The couple said the doctors failed to perform "an appropriate physical examination" before circumcising the boy. Their failure to properly diagnose a series of conditions -- including testicular torsion and having a buried penis -- was coupled by the doctors' "failure to disclose the risks and benefits of circumcision" before it was done. The boy, now 2, had his right testicle destroyed during the procedure and it's now removed, according to the suit.

The boy, Liam Barton, was born to Eric and Nicole Barton on Aug. 15, 2004, at Northwestern Memorial Hospital, the suit said. The couple never asked doctors to perform a circumcision on Liam.

(File created 17 August 2006)