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A Vietnam war veteran who says he has been left unable to have sex after allegedly being bitten on the penis by a rat plans to reopen his lawsuit.
Peter Solomon from Elmont, New York, claimed that a rat bit his penis back in 2007 while he was temporarily jailed in the Nassau County Correctional Center facing charges he had menaced his first wife.
Although the charges were dropped and the 63-year-old was released after a month, he claims to have suffered years of misery as a result of the injuries and mental distress he sustained from the bite.
He said: "I am still unable to have sex with my wife and I'm still in near constant pain in my genitals.
"I took bullets for this country in Vietnam and I'll never be able to walk right again, but this injury really didn't need to happen.
"I have PTSD from Vietnam but the worst fear I experience is actually from the rat. I have nightmares every night about it. Every time I close my eyes I feel like a rat is going to jump out and bite me again.
"I can't have sex and I can't masturbate. I still have the urges but I just can't do it. I can't get an erection and a semi erection is very painful, even urinating can be painful.
"I have a keloid scar on my penis from the bite and scars on my legs from where the rat scratched me."
Peter was initially treated at the Nassau University Medical Center where he received rabies shots.
"I had to go to hospital and be examined by a lots of doctors. It was humiliating," he added.
Peter's story first hit the headlines in 2011 when a judge granted him permission to launch a lawsuit against Nassau County.
The court documents read: "Solomon alleges that a rodent emerged from a hole in his mattress while he slept and bit him on the penis. Solomon pulled the rodent from his penis and threw it away from him."
Judge Spatt wrote at the time: "The parties dispute whether the rodent was a mouse or a rat, whether Solomon was bitten or scratched, and the nature and extent of his injuries."
The case was dropped as the filing fee of $455 was not paid on time, but the war vet is hoping to seek justice by reopening the case with a personal injury lawyer later this year.
Speaking about his pending plans, Peter said that he will reopen the case 'very soon', adding: "I am already in talks with an attorney."
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