A local rabbi, who is also a mohel, is being sued after accidentally having severed a newborn boy’s penis during a traditional Jewish genital mutilation ceremony.
The baby was rushed to Children’s Hospital, where doctors performed emergency microsurgery which took eight hours. The baby needed six blood transfusions and was hospitalized for nearly two months.
The reattachment procedure of the boy’s penis was reported as successful, but there’s no way to know if he’ll make a complete recovery.
Pediatric urologists spend about 20 percent of their time repairing children who have been genitally mutilated during those rituals as there is no regulated standard for training or certification of the Jewish mohels.
According to the American Academy of Pediatrics, one in every 500 newborn boys experience significant acute complications as a result of circumcision.
Source: CBS Pittsburgh
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