February 6, 2014
Shelby Co. commissioner seeks answers in botched circumcision caseby Nicole Harris and Janice Broach
(WMC-TV) - A mother is finally getting closer to answers after her son's botched circumcision last August.
"We want to make sure that they have a plan in place to make sure this does not happen ever again to another child. This was a horrible thing,' said Shelby County Commissioner Henri Brooks.
Brooks wants answers about how Christ Community Health Services allegedly botched the circumcision of three-month-old Ashton Rhodes.
Back in November, Maggie Rhodes told Action News 5 that she took her son to the clinic for a circumcision in August. She felt something was wrong because she could hear her son's cries through the closed door.
"When he was in the room, he was screaming like life and death; like there wasn't no tomorrow," said Rhodes.
Commissioner Brooks says Rhodes, one of her constituents, contacted her. Brooks set up a meeting with commission Chairman James Harvey in his office.
"We have invited Christ Community Center representatives, as well as asked them to bring documents that will include certification of the credentials for staff also the health care professionals involved in this procedure," said Brooks.
Christ Community Health Services, who has a health care contract with Shelby County, declined the invite for the meeting on Thursday.
Brooks says she was traumatized when she found out about Ashton's situation.
"It was a baby. Can you imagine the pain a baby having to go through that kind of pain?"
Christ Community did not respond to Action News 5's request for comment about the meeting, but the first person who answered the phone cited HIPAA laws.