Yale-New Haven Hospital has been sued by a Massachusetts man for the staff's callous attitude and not properly treat him for a painful and chronic erection condition.
Instead, Daren Scott, a bus driver from Brockton, said that the staff watched a baseball game on television while he waited for help.
AdvertisementScott suffered from a condition known as priapism, a painful, rare disorder that causes the penis to stay erect for more than four hours at a time, without the cause of psychological or physical stimulation.
It is most common in boys ages 5 to 10 and men ages 20 to 50.
Blood-related illnesses, including sickle cell anemia, injury to the genitalia and leukemia, can contribute to priapism.
Scott was reportedly driving his bus route from Boston to New York in April 2009 when he experienced the painful erection.
After dropping off the bus passengers, he went to an emergency facility, where he said staff members told him to wait in the waiting area as they watched television.
"Yale-New Haven Hospital denies the allegations and will vigorously defend its position in court," ABC News quoted hospital spokesman Robert Hutchinson as saying in a statement.
Scott is seeking 2 million dollars in damages in the federal suit.
If left untreated, priapism can result in "complete erectile dysfunction," said Dr. Michael O'Leary, senior urologic surgeon at Brigham and Women's Hospital in Boston.
To treat the condition, O'Leary said physicians "usually aspirate blood from the penis and instill dilute phenylephrine," a medication often used to relieve nasal discomfort caused by colds and allergies.
If that fails to alleviate the erection, "surgery is appropriate," O'Leary said.
Scott said he was forced to wait a total of five hours before finally getting treated.
Scott claims he finally underwent surgery, but it was unsuccessful and he remained in pain for months.
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