Tuesday, December 14, 2004

Another Unamed Mohel

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At 2:49 PM, Blogger jewishwhistleblower said...

Baby recovers from 'brit mila' amputation
by Judy Siegel
August 14, 2000
Jerusalem Post

A baby whose penis was accidentally amputated below the corona by the mohel (ritual circumciser) and reattached by microsurgery a month ago was declared fully recovered yesterday at Ha'emek Hospital in Afula.

Hospital spokesman Danny Brenner said the baby is now able to urinate normally, and the penile blood vessels and nerves are fully functioning. The hospital reported the highly unusual incident to the Health Ministry, but Ha'emek still doesn't know the identify of the mohel, as the family refused to give his name and have not yet filed a complaint.

The parents rushed the baby to the hospital four weeks ago carrying a plastic bag with the glans penis kept in ice. Dr. Ya'acov Rosenman, deputy head of the urology department, and Dr. Boris Lachman performed the painstaking operation, which took more than eight hours.

Rabbi Yosef Weisberg, the ministry's national supervisor of ritual circumcisers, had not yet been informed of the case. "If asked, our committee will investigate. Such a thing is extremely rare, but I have heard of one or two other cases here over the year. Any mohel who does such a thing must be blind, have taken a drink, or been pushed while performing the brit mila," he said.

The fact that there is no circumcision law, "due to pressure from American Conservative, Reform, and female circumcisers who are afraid they'll be left out," means there are unlicensed mohelim, Weisberg said, but he could not estimate how many there were out of the total of several hundred practicing mohelim in the country.

Brenner said that it was possible the family would complain to the police or sue the mohel for damages now that the child had recovered, "or maybe they received payment from the circumciser to keep quiet about the incident."

Although amputation of the penis is rare in children, said Brenner, the world's top medical experts in reconnecting adult penises are in Thailand, as nearly every day, disgruntled wives cut off their husband's organs in a fit of anger or jealousy.

 
At 3:35 PM, Blogger jewishwhistleblower said...

http://archive.salon.com/sex/world/2000/08/24/circumcision_mistake/

Oy vay, the mohel missed!
After a ritual circumcision goes awry, the infant's penis is reattached during eight hours of surgery.
By Jack Boulware
Slate
Aug. 24, 2000

Tragedy struck a poor baby boy in Israel four weeks ago, when a routine ritual circumcision went horribly wrong, causing a portion of the newborn's penis to be severed. The quick-thinking parents tossed the amputated part into a plastic bag filled with ice and rushed the penis and accompanying infant to the hospital in Afula, a northern city of 40,000. Two doctors spent eight hours delicately reattaching the organ.

This week, after the miracle of microsurgery, the penis is determined to be fully reunited with its owner, leaving media and religious leaders speculating as to how the highly unusual accident could have happened.

Apparently the ritual circumciser, or mohel, accidentally lopped off the penis below the corona while performing the circumcision. The child's parents refuse to give the mohel's name and have not filed a complaint. According to the Jerusalem Post, the Ha'emek Hospital nevertheless reported the incident to the Health Ministry, whose committee is prepared to investigate if necessary.

"Such a thing is extremely rare, but I have heard of one or two other cases here over the years," said Rabbi Yosef Weisberg, the ministry's national supervisor of ritual circumcisers. "Any mohel who does such a thing must be blind, have taken a drink or been pushed while performing the brith milah."

Israel boasts several hundred practicing mohelim throughout the country, Weisberg explained, but because there is no circumcision law, many of them are unlicensed.

Now that the baby has recovered from the accident, and is urinating normally once again, it is not known whether his parents will complain to the police or sue the mohel for damages. Said hospital spokesman Danny Brenner: "Maybe they received payment from the circumciser to keep quiet about the incident."

 

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