Mason man sues PVH, physicians for loss of testicle

By Lawrence Smith | Sep 9, 2011



POINT PLEASANT –- A Mason County man is suing Pleasant Valley Hospital, and two of its physicians for causing him to lose part of his testicles following surgery last year.

PVH and Drs. R. Michael Kennerly and Stephen K. Rerych are named as co-defendants in a medical malpractice suit filed by Paul Wamsley in Mason Circuit Court. In his complaint filed Aug. 10, Wamsley, of Letart, alleges carelessness in performing a hernia operation in October resulted in the loss of his left testicle.

According to his suit, Wamsley became a patient at PVH on Nov. 3, 2009. Though the reason for his seeking treatment is not specified, he was referred to Rerych.

Eleven months later, Wamsley was scheduled for an umbilical and left inguinal hernia repair at PVH with Kennerly. Rerych was scheduled to assist in the surgery.

In performing the surgery, a suture was placed through the spermatic cord of Wamsley's left testicle causing the cord to twist, resulting in tissue damage and infection. The damage was so severe that it necessitated removal of the testicle.

In his suit, Wamsley maintains he not only suffered great pain in the surgery, but also, among other things, mental anguish, humiliation and embarrassment and impairment of his capacity to enjoy life following it. Wamsley's wife, Sherry, makes a claim for loss of consortium, and is listed as a co-plaintiff.

The Wamsleys seek unspecified damages, interest and attorney fees. They are represented by Matthew C. Lindsay with the Charleston law firm of Tabor Lindsay and Associates.

The case is assigned to Judge David W. Nibert.

Mason Circuit Clerk's Office case number 11-C-85

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