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An Arkansas Children’s Hospital surgeon mutilated their infant son in a botched circumcision, a Jonesboro couple says in a malpractice lawsuit against the hospital, doctor and nurses, claiming the error left the boy — described as a “cripple” — with a disfigured “fragment.”

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Arkansas, Pages 9 on 03/05/2011

Print Headline: LR hospital botched surgery, suit says

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  • TLCTugger
    March 7, 2011 at 1:37 p.m.

    It's so sad for the poor little victim, but I applaud ArkansasOnline for covering this story honestly. Over 100 US infants die anually from "routine" circumcisions, but most often the cause of death is obscured. In the fall a 2-month old Indiana boy's death was listed as due to heart failure just hours after his circumcision and the extensive blood loss that followed.

    NOT ONE national medical association on earth (not even Israel's) endorses routine circumcision. The most recently updated policy (Holland's) says doctors should do their best to talk parents out of it due to absence of medical benefits and danger of complications. They also say there is a good case for making it illegal.

    A recent CDC report showed the US infant circumcision rate had declined to 32.5% by 2009. That's 32.5% too many.

  • Hugh7
    March 7, 2011 at 2:49 p.m.

    Cases like this may be rare, but since infant circumcision is quite unnecessary, so are they. Many do not reach the courts. Many are not even discovered until the victim grows up and learns that what he has is less even than what other circumcised men have (let alone intact men) and doesn't work as well. Circumcision is born of prudery and supposed to make a boy "maintenance free" so parents may easily overlook damage.

    If every unhappy outcome of circumcision got the publicity this one did, parents would think more than twice about having part cut off their sons' genitals.

    TLC Tugger could take a leaf out of the pro-circumcision lobby's book and express the percentage difference the way they express it to inflate the marginal "protection" given by circumcision against rare diseases. Compared to zero, 32.5% is INFINITELY too many.

  • rickyB1
    March 7, 2011 at 8:19 p.m.

    TLC says "Over 100 US infants die anually from "routine" circumcisions, but most often the cause of death is obscured." The actual number is more like 220 - 230. One serious, conscientious opponent of infant/child circumcision did a careful study of hospital/death records and established that at a bare minimum there are 100 deaths. The medical industry went into complete denial (as they had to earlier studies that have the number above 200). May as well stay with the earlier numbers until medical industry agrees to a registry of every circumcision with follow-up to establish actual rates of death and serious botches. They call the few cases that get into the press "anecdotal" and "unreliable." If pressed they say there are a million circumcisions a year and even a 1% death rate would be acceptable because of the benefits (to their wallets they are thinking, wanting us to believe there are health benefits. Industrial Europe and Japan do not do this and have better penis health than does the US, much lower rates of STD/AIDS; Less developed Europe and Asia and South American do not do it and have as good penis health as the US. Why are we doing it?
    Follow the money!

    Hugh 7 says "Many are not even discovered until the victim grows up . . ." I was one of those. None of many doctors asked would help with lifelong pain from the injuries; once you mention circumcision they start yelling that there is nothing wrong with it, that there has never been a bad one. Somewhere after 55 other life events caused me to start looking into it on my own. Turns out they almost severed my penis and managed to sew it back together in a thorough, additional botch that mangled nerves and left horrible cosmetic results. By the time I found the truth both parents were dead. I will never know if they were told and helped medicine cover it up and keep it from my knowledge. A haunting uncertainty.

    This atrocity must end.

  • HarryG
    March 9, 2011 at 2:07 p.m.

    Every day more Americans are waking up to the obvious. Every circumcision, even when 'successful', leaves the boy disfigured for life.
    IntactAmerica. org is working to protect boys from this medicalized child abuse and they deserve your support.

  • stopthecut
    March 11, 2011 at 9:46 a.m.

    Circumcised is not the way the male organ was meant to be. The majority of boys are born with normal anatomy, and as soon as the boy is surgically altered he is not normal anymore. Normal anatomy is required for normal function in any sensory organ, and circumcision makes normal sex impossible.
    stopthecut. org is dedicated to helping educate the public and to give parents common sense answers to the circumcision question.

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