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$850,000 for prostate surgery that ended in blindness

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By JENNIFER SINCO KELLEHER
Associated Press

HONOLULU (AP) - The U.S. government has agreed to pay $850,000 to settle a lawsuit that says a man's prostate cancer surgery at a Honolulu military hospital left him incontinent, impotent and blind.

The settlement involving Tripler Army Medical Center was announced in federal court in Honolulu Monday.

The lawsuit says Robert Carl underwent robotic-assisted laparoscopic prostatectomy surgery after being diagnosed with prostate cancer in 2010.

The lawsuit says negligent medical decisions by hospital staff left him with near total blindness. The lawsuit says Carl also emerged from surgery impotent and incontinent.

The lawsuit says his doctor didn't tell him the surgery could result in blindness if the procedure lasted more than five hours.

Carl's surgery lasted nearly seven hours. The lawsuit says proficient surgeons can perform the operation in 2 ½ hours.

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