Having your son circumcised can be an emotional experience for a mother. Now just imagine how upsetting it would be if your newborn son was circumcised without your permission.
That’s exactly what happened to one mother who is now suing South Miami Hospital over the unauthorized procedure, Fox News reports.
After giving birth to her son Mario in August, Vera Delgado repeatedly told hospital staff members that she was not planning to have him circumcised.
Delgado learned eight days later that doctors had performed the unauthorized procedure on her baby while he was in intensive care. She is now suing the hospital for battery.
“They went and they did an unnecessary, unwanted surgical procedure on this child without the parents’ permission,” said Spencer Aronfeld, Delgado’s lawyer in a press release.
The hospital has issued a statement apologizing for the incident, but what can they possibly say that will make amends to Delgado, her son, and their family?
“The baby’s circumcision was an unfortunate mistake caused by a misread consent form. As soon as the error was discovered, the doctor and nurses let the family know what had occurred,” said the hospital’s statement. The hospital also said they have implemented “new processes” to make sure that this sort of thing never happens again.
“Nevertheless, we’re all deeply sorry that this happened,” the hospital statement concluded.
No doubt, Delgado and her family are even sorrier. Thank goodness at least the procedure went okay and there were no complications.
What do you think? Are you as appalled as I am by this hospital’s “mistake?”
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