The AAP says that the benefits of circumcision outweigh the risks, and "In general, untrained providers who perform circumcisions have more complications than well-trained providers who perform the procedure, regardless of whether the former are physicians, nurses, or traditional religious providers."
Well, it just came to attention that a traditional religious provider, Rabbi Mordechai Rachminov, sliced part of the glans of a baby in Queens in October of 2011, and then lied about it - causing a delay on emergency attention that increased the permanent damage. The baby had to be operated (under general anesthesia) and "may need even more procedures". The consequences may be life long.
The American Academy of Pediatrics, AAP refers to these cases as "case reports" on page 20 of the Technical Report on Circumcision released on August 27th of 2012; these case reports were excluded from the literature review for their Policy Statement on circumcision, the one where everybody heard that "the benefits outweigh the risks":
Major Complications: The majority of severe or even catastrophic injuries are so infrequent as to be reported as case reports (and were therefore excluded from this literature review). These rare complications include glans or penile amputation, 198–206 transmission of herpes simplex after mouth-to-penis contact by a mohel (Jewish ritual circumcisers) after circumcision,207–209 methicillinresistant Staphylococcus aureus infection, 210 urethral cutaneous fistula,211 glans ischemia,212 and death.213
|Image from Saving our Sons|
It would be fair to assume that the method of circumcision used was a Mogen clamp or a Mogen Shield, which are the more common methods for Jewish circumcisions. The problem is that neither of them (shield or clamp) actually shield the glans - thus allowing for this kind of injury to occur, as reported by the World Health Organization in the following comparative chart.
|Archive image of a Rabbi displaying a Mogen shield|
Lawsuits following cases of glans amputation caused Mogen Circumcision Instruments inc to close its doors after going on default, yet the Mogen clamp continues to be used by physicians and mohelin - and promoted by some Canadian doctors as "virtually painless".
|Image courtesy of Boys Deserve Better|
The story of this baby was reported March 5th, 2013 here: http://www.dnainfo.com/new-york/20130305/forest-hills/queens-infant-disfigured-botched-bris-lawsuit-charges
My heart is with the baby and the family.
May a time come when all babies are safe from forced genital mutilation.
|Source: Saving our Sons|