The Man Who Accidentally Had His Penis Surgically Removed

Aired on 10/03/2003 | CC tv-pg
After Herschel Ralls was diagnosed with bladder cancer, he went under anesthesia for a common surgical procedure to remove his bladder and part of his prostate. When he woke up, Herschel discovered that his doctors had amputated his penis. Prior to the surgery, the doctors had never even mentioned that this was a possibility. In 2003, Herschel and his wife, Thelma, joined Oprah to discuss the trauma and devastation that the doctors' malpractice had caused them.