Sunday 21 April 2019

Boy dies in circumcision performed by his parents

 

The prosecutor’s office in the northern province of Reggio Emilia has opened a manslaughter investigation. Stock photo: Deposit
The prosecutor’s office in the northern province of Reggio Emilia has opened a manslaughter investigation. Stock photo: Deposit

Maurizio Ispani

An infant boy in Italy has died as the result of a circumcision performed by his parents at home.

An infant boy in Italy has died as the result of a circumcision performed by his parents at home.

The ANSA news agency reported that the five-month-old baby was brought to a hospital in Bologna by helicopter in cardiac arrest on Friday afternoon and died that night.

The prosecutor's office in the northern province of Reggio Emilia has opened a manslaughter investigation, and the infant will undergo an autopsy.

The tragedy follows a botched home circumcision of a two-year-old who died of severe blood loss in December in Rome. In that case, his twin brother nearly died, too, but survived following intensive care treatment.

Circumcision is not practised among Italy's Catholic majority. Many immigrants in Italy are Muslim and practice circumcision for cultural and religious reasons, but sometimes have trouble accessing the practice in hospitals.

For some, the hospital costs are too high.

Appeal

Also, in some Italian hospitals, doctors refuse to perform circumcisions until the boys have reached the age of four or even older.

Foad Aodi, the founder of the association of foreign doctors in Italy, has appealed to health authorities to allow circumcisions at affordable prices and to lower the age of access to help fight clandestine attempts at circumcisions.

Irish Independent

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