"It is so unfortunate that this had happened to the poor boy. He is so young, he doesn't know what has happened," said lawyer P Uthayakumar.
A cut too deepAccording to Uthayakumar, the nine-year-old underwent a circumcision procedure involving a pair of scissors at a clinic at Jalan Ipoh on 15 December, but ended up with a severed penis. Following the incident, he was rushed to Hospital Kuala Lumpur (HKL) where doctors tried to reattach the organ.
Unfortunately, the procedure was unsuccessful. The penile tissue became black and doctors were left with no choice but to amputate the boy’s penis.
The botched circumcision procedure was not the only one to take place this month. In a separate incident on 20 December, a 10-year-old boy also had his penis severed during a laser-based circumcision procedure at a private clinic in Taman Cheras Utama.
He was sent to the Universiti Kebangsaan Malaysia Hospital (HUKM) and was promptly referred to HKL for reattachment. Fortunately, his surgery was reported to be successful.
Routine procedure turns dangerous by incompetent doctorsCircumcision is a common surgical procedure in Malaysia, and though the traditional method of circumcision by a ‘Tok Mudim’ is still commonly practiced, there are newer techniques of circumcision being practice by healthcare professionals.
“Now, the latest methods, such as Tara-Klamp and laser circumcision, have made the procedure simpler, taking just about 20 minutes,” said Prime Minister Najib Razak when he attended a mass circumcision ceremony involving 1,250 young boys in November this year.
Despite newer techniques, however, procedures performed by incompetent doctors can result in severe injury to patients.
“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 of the botched circumcision procedure involving the 10-year-old boy.
“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. MIMS
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