SHELBYVILLE, Ky. — The jury who rejected a truck driver’s claim for $16 million in damages after a urologist amputated part of his penis believed the doctor saved the man’s life, the jury foreperson said in an interview Tuesday.

After only about an hour of deliberation, the six-man, six-woman jury in Shelby County Circuit Court found that Dr. John Patterson acted appropriately and Phillip Seaton, 64, of Waddy, should get no money in the lawsuit.

“We felt bad for the circumstances. He has our sympathy. But at same time, he’s alive today because this man did what he did, because this man performed the surgery,” jury forewoman Lydia Tapp told The Courier-Journal in a phone interview.

The jury ruled unanimously against the claim that Patterson, of Frankfort, had failed to exercise proper care. It ruled 10-2 against the claim that Seaton hadn’t consented to the amputation.