August 7, 2015
Baby's penis reattached in hospital after brit goes wrongAfter circumcision is botched, family members keep severed tissue on ice until baby arrives at hospital • "We are optimistic about the baby's chances of recovery," surgeon says after operation • Unclear what led mohel to remove part of baby's urethra [glans].
by Danny Brenner and Israel Hayom Staff
An 8-day-old boy from northern Israel was rushed to the Pediatric Emergency Unit at the Rambam Healthcare Campus this week after a botched circumcision in which the mohel severed part of the baby's urethra [glans]. The infant underwent penis reattachment surgery, which doctors later pronounced successful.
The medical team praised the family for placing the severed tissue on ice until they arrived at the hospital, increasing the chances for a successful operation.
The reattachment surgery was performed by senior pediatric urologist Benjamin Hardak.
"These kind of procedures are relatively rare," Hardak said. "The operation was a success and we are optimistic about the baby's chances of recovery, but it is still too soon to know what the ramifications will be for the baby. We are monitoring his condition closely."
Following the surgery the infant was admitted to the Intensive Care Unit at the Ruth Rappaport Children's Hospital, part of the Rambam Campus.
Mohels (ritual circumcisers) undergo special training before being allowed to perform the delicate medical procedure.
According to the Health Ministry's statistics, complications following circumcisions occur in less than 1% of cases, with the most common complication being excessive bleeding. Details of what went wrong in the brit in question were not immediately available.