July 13, 2011
Catherine Becker, 48, is in the joint, accused of chopping off her estranged hubby's penis and tossing it in the garbage disposal.
Becker started the master plan by lacing her husband's food with an unknown drug or poison, not feeling well, he went to lay down, according to police reports.
When he woke up, he was tied to the bed and Becker was in the process of cutting his penis off with a knife. She then threw the genitalia in the garbage disposal and turned it on, Lt. Jeff Nightengale of Garden Grove, Calif. police, said.
Nightengale said the couple is going through a divorce, but they don't know why she cut off his most precious friend.
Becker eventually called 911, asking for medical assistance. When help arrived she told them, that her husband "deserved it". Police say they found the husband still tied to the bed, and "bleeding profusely". Becker was arrested on several charges, including aggravated mayhem, false imprisonment and assault with a deadly weapon.
Of the aggravated mayhem charge, Nightengale says, "It's so heinous -- we're looking at this as premeditated. Her intention was to permanently deprive him of a piece of his body and do it in such a way to inflict a great amount of pain and psychological damage." He also adds, "I've been doing this for 22 years and the only other time I remember this happening was when Lorena Bobbitt did it, and that didn't even happen here. This isn't a typical domestic violence case -- it was way over the top."
Meanwhile her husband was rushed to University of California at Irvine Medical Center for treatment.
"He is in stable condition, but we have no details about the surgery," said Nightengale.
"Police were able to recover portions of the penis from the garbage disposal," Nightengale noted, but it is unclear how much or whether doctors will be able to reattach them.
Dr. Alasdair Conn, chief of emergency services at Massachusetts General Hospital tells ABC News that the immediate concern is to control the bleeding.
"Upon his arrival, doctors need to tie off arteries and veins to stop the bleeding. Surgeons will attempt to maintain the remaining tissue and cover the wound so it does not get infected," Conn said.
If the penis is available to reattach, Dr. Ryan Terlecki, assistant professor surgical sciences-urology at Wake Forest University, tells ABC News it should be wrapped in saline-soaked gauze, placed in a plastic bag, and the bag then should be placed in an ice bath to keep cold.
"Time is of the essence for a re-implant," said Terlecki, who has performed a handful of such procedures. "It's best to reattach it within 24 hours, preferably less than eight hours."
If doctors cannot reattach the original penis, Conn tells ABC news, "over the next few days, surgeons have to decide what to do to reconstruct the penis. Plastic surgeons who specialize in transgender operations may be able to construct a new penis."
Doctors then reconstruct the nerve arteries and veins, while also putting the erectile tissue back together.
Terlecki said that the penis is recreated by grafting tissue from another part of the body and then augmented with a penile prosthetic.
With the prosthetic, a man can still "urinate and have sexual relations and ejaculate.There's usually not the same force of ejaculation, but plumbing for that purpose is still intact." What do you think about this Bobbit replacement?
Viewers serve up their thoughts:
Kim writes: All you can do is drop your jaw and say OH MY GO**!!! I guess, because of Lorena, it's not such a 'hard' thing to fathom... the jaw dropper is the garbage disposal part... hahaha....
Tony writes: nobody deserves that!
Krystal writes: And that's why you don't make CRAZY people upset this is something she had been thinking about this for awhile
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