Stuff (New Zealand)July 18, 2015
Medical students chop off baby's penis by accidentA newborn's penis has reportedly been mistaken for his umbilical cord.
Medical students have reportedly mistaken a newborn's penis for his umbilical cord and chopped it off.
The undergraduates made the shocking blunder in the delivery room in the City of Saltillo in the state of Coahuila, north-eastern Mexico, The Sun reported, and then tried to hide the boy from his parents.
The child's father Diego Rangel Izaguirre grew suspicious when he was denied access to his son for more than two hours after his birth. He was told that his son had suffered a minor injury and would need surgery.
"When my child was born and they cut his umbilical cord they injured his penis.
"And unfortunately when the surgeon started sewing it, he made other two new injuries, almost two centimetres deep."
The baby's mother, Zulem Contreras, said: "This shouldn't have happened, they should have assigned a gynaecologist to take care of him, not students."
The couple have made an official complaint but hospital officials claim the newborn is healthy and that the operation was both minor and the baby's parents gave their consent.
"According to the information available at the moment, during the labour, when cutting the umbilical cord, incidentally the foreskin was injured and was corrected with the usual procedure of circumcision to the minor," the Mexican Institute of Social Security said.
[Circumcision does not of course "correct" an injury to the foreskin, but causes one.]