facebook
twitter
rss
account
search
search
 

Baby circumcised against mom's wishes

Sept. 14, 2010 at 7:54 PM   |   Comments

SOUTH MIAMI, Fla., Sept. 14 (UPI) -- A Florida woman is suing a hospital for assault and battery on her newborn because the baby was circumcised by mistake, the woman's lawyer said.

The mother, Vera Delgado, went home briefly to take a shower and came back to find her son, Mario Viera, circumcised against what Delgado's lawyer said were explicit instructions not to have the procedure performed, ABC.com reported Tuesday.

Delgado, 30, is asking for $1 million for the "deformity" caused by the procedure, court records showed.

"This is not medical malpractice. We are suing for battery, an unauthorized assault on this baby. They took a knife to him without his parent's permission," said Delgado's lawyer, Spencer Aronfeld. "The baby was in neonatal intensive care with complications from a birth-related infection. They took the baby out and amputated healthy tissue from the penis in an irreversible procedure."

Bethany Rundell, marketing manager for South Miami Hospital, said hospital officials "are deeply sorry that this happened."

"It was essentially a mistake and we admitted it to the family and worked with them, as well as ourselves, to come up with procedures that prevent this from happening again," Rundell said.

Aronfeld said he has received countless supportive e-mail messages since his announcement that Delgado would sue.

The Stop the Infant Circumcision Society, a group whose motto is "The foreskin is not a birth defect," said it will hold a demonstration at the hospital Friday.

© 2010 United Press International, Inc. All Rights Reserved. Any reproduction, republication, redistribution and/or modification of any UPI content is expressly prohibited without UPI's prior written consent.
Most Popular
1
Norways Kongsberg to demo missile for U.S. Navy Norways Kongsberg to demo missile for U.S. Navy
2
Ship anchored near New Orleans sparks Ebola fears Ship anchored near New Orleans sparks Ebola fears
3
Scottish referendum: Who says 'yes' and who says 'no' Scottish referendum: Who says 'yes' and who says 'no'
4
Peshmerga forces kill senior Islamic State commander Peshmerga forces kill senior Islamic State commander
5
Polls open in Scotland: How we got here and why Polls open in Scotland: How we got here and why
Trending News
Video
x
Feedback