‘It was a nightmare’: John Wayne Bobbitt recalls the moment he woke up and realized that wife Lorena had chopped his penis off
- John Wayne Bobbitt, 51, spoke out in an interview airing on ABC’s 20/20
- His then-wife Lorena cut off his manhood in his sleep in Virginia in 1993
- Bobbitt recalls in interview ‘nightmare’ moment he realized member was gone
- Says he remained calm but friend who drove him to hospital ‘was going crazy’
- Doctors at first thought that he had cut his wrists when they saw bloody hands
- Organ was surgically reattached and wife was acquitted on temporary insanity
John Wayne Bobbitt has recalled the ‘nightmare’ moment he realized that his wife Lorena had chopped off his penis with a kitchen knife in a new interview.
Bobbitt, 51, spoke out about the savage 1993 attack on his male member in Manassas, Virginia for an interview with ABC 20/20 that is set to air in a two-hour special next week.
‘It was a nightmare,’ Bobbitt said of waking to find his penis severed. ‘I cleared my thoughts, applied pressure. I went to wake my friend up to tell him to get me to the hospital.’
Bobbitt, a former Marine, recalled that he remained as calm as he could under the circumstances, but that the friend who drove him to the hospital was ‘going crazy’ and screaming as soon as he saw the blood and realized what had happened.
Bobbitt, 51, spoke out about the savage 1993 attack on his male member in Manassas, Virginia for an interview with ABC 20/20 that is set to air next week
Lorena Bobbitt is seen leaving court in 1993. She severed her husband’s penis as he slept, claiming it was retaliation for physical and sexual abuse
The knife Lorena used to sever John Bobbitt’s male member is seen in an evidence photo
At the emergency room, doctors saw the blood on his hands and initially thought he had cut his hands or wrists – not realizing the truth was far worse.
‘Walking into the hospital, the doctor is – you know – looking at me, [and says] “show me your wrist,”‘ Bobbitt said.
When the sheet covering Bobbit’s injured nether regions fell away to reveal the damage, the doctor’s ‘jaw dropped’, he said.
The special episode also includes an interview with urologist Dr. James Sehn, who was asleep at home when he got the emergency call to report to the hospital.
‘Really all I knew about this on the way into the hospital was that a penis had been amputated and the organ was missing,’ Sehn said.
The full 20/20 special episode, ‘The Bobbitts: Love Hurts’, airs on Friday January 4 at 9pm ET
Lorena had fled the scene holding her husband’s severed member, which she tossed into a field from the window of a Mercury Capri.
Cops scoured the area and recovered the organ, which they placed in a hot dog box filled with ice and rushed to the hospital.
After a marathon nine-hour operation, doctors managed to reattach the severed member – successfully enough that Bobbitt later famously starred in several porn films to demonstrate his restored functionality.
‘It’s normal now,’ Bobbitt told ABC. ‘I don’t want to mess with it… it’s been through the wringer.’
Lorena Bobbitt, who now goes by her maiden name Lorena Gallo, claimed that her husband had sexually and physically abused her.
Lorena was acquitted of criminal liability in the attack by reason of temporary insanity
She now goes by her maiden name Lorena Gallo and runs a charity to fight domestic violence
‘I didn’t want to teach him a lesson,’ she said of the attack in an interview with Vanity Fair in August. ‘No, it was survival. Life and death. I was fearing for my life.’
Lorena was acquitted of criminal liability in the attack by reason of temporary insanity.
She served 45 days in a mental institution and now runs a charity to address domestic violence.
‘I couldn’t believe it, how could someone get away with it,’ John Bobbitt told ABC News.
In a separate trial, John Bobbitt was acquitted of raping Lorena.
The full 20/20 special episode, ‘The Bobbitts: Love Hurts’, airs on Friday January 4 at 9pm ET on ABC.