Dean Cochrun, 28, is asking for $1,000 in compensatory and punitive damages. He also asks in the lawsuit that his foreskin be restored “in the hopes I could feel whole again,” though he acknowledged that he didn't expect such a restoration to be anything more than aesthetic.
Cochrun, who is imprisoned in Sioux Falls on a kidnapping conviction, filed the federal lawsuit Friday against Sanford Hospital. Cochrun claims that an “unknown doctor” at the then-named Sioux Valley Hospital misled his mother to believe that the procedure was medically necessary. Cochrun argues that the procedure was unnecessary, unethical and without medical benefit.
“I was recently made aware of the fact that I had been (circumcised) and that … I was robbed of sensitivity during sexual intercourse as well as the sense of security and well-being I am entitled to in my person,” he argued in the lawsuit, adding that neither he nor his partners would “have that sensitivity during sexual intercourse and have a normal sex life.”
At least he’s got the hobby of useless litigation to keep him busy behind bars.
The big question here is how he didn’t know that he was circumcised for over a quarter-century. That’s a pretty common topic of discussion and any sexually aware male should be able to tell what’s what down there. But I guess if he was good at paying attention to detail, his kidnapping plan would have gone a little more smoothly.
It also goes to show you that the shower room of a men’s prison can be a wonderful place of self-discovery.