A team of surgical experts at the Kuala Lumpur Hospital (HKL) has successfully reattached the glans penis of a 10-year-old boy whose penis was severed during a failed circumcision procedure that took place in a clinic at Taman Cheras Utama.

“HKL doctors performed (the operation) soon after (the boy) was brought to the hospital,” said a spokesperson from HKL.

“The operation was successful, and the boy is now recovering at HKL’s surgical ward.”

Routine circumcision gone wrong

What was meant to be a routine procedure turned horribly disastrous for the 10-year-old boy, when his penis was severed during a laser-based circumcision at a clinic in Taman Cheras Utama.

Police have also confirmed that a video clip of the boy undergoing a laser circumcision procedure, which is circulating on social media, was true.

The unfortunate procedure took place on 20 December, during which the doctor, who was using a laser scalpel, accidentally cut off the glans of the boy’s penis.

The doctor informed the boy’s father of the mistake, and the patient was rushed to the Hospital Universiti Kebangsaan Malaysia (HUKM), which then transferred the child to Kuala Lumpur Hospital (HKL) for surgical reattachment of the glans penis.

While the boy’s father has lodged a police report regarding the incident, the doctor who committed the error also lodged a report, admitting that the accident had occurred during the procedure.

“No arrests have been made so far and the case is being investigated under Section 338 of the Penal Code for causing grievous hurt rashly or negligently by an act which endangers life or the personal safety of others,” said Kajang district police chief ACP Othman Nanyan.

“Offenders can be jailed for up to two years or fined up to RM2,000 or both, if convicted,” he said.

MOH to investigate doctor’s and clinic’s licenses

Further investigation revealed that the clinic where the incident took place was allegedly not registered with the Health Ministry, despite ongoing operations for 15 years. The 51-year-old doctor is also learnt to be a graduate from the University of Karachi in Pakistan with 21 years of clinical experience.

“We are verifying the doctor's status, whether he is registered with the Malaysian Medical Council (MMC) or not,” said Health Ministry deputy director-general Datuk Dr S. Jeyaindran.

“We are also checking if the family clinic had been operating illegally, as it was reported earlier the clinic was not registered with the ministry.”

According to Jeyaindran, random checks are carried out on clinics by the ministry.

“Because there are so many clinics, the checks are not fixed and are carried out randomly. We are checking to see if we have visited the clinic before,” he added.

The Ministry is currently probing into the doctor’s Annual Practice Certificate (APC), as there have been previous cases of doctors with fake APCs that were not issued by the MMC. MIMS

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