In the wake of the botched circumcision of a young boy in a UK hospital, the NHS has been slammed for its handling of the case and the “unnecessary” removal of a foreskin.
The story was shared widely online after a story appeared on the BBC News website on Tuesday morning that described how the boy, aged three, was taken to hospital with a “severe infection” after being “rectally removed”.
The story has been shared more than 2,000 times and prompted a number of responses, including one that read: “This is a very brave, courageous woman who was told by her doctor to go home.
She was told that it was too risky for her to be in the same room with him.
She left the hospital in a panic and has never been seen or heard from again.”
“She was the victim of a very dangerous, unplanned, and extremely unwise circumcision,” Dr Michael Fenton, the chief medical officer of the NHS, said in a statement.
“This case is a tragedy, and we have every confidence that the investigation will find all the facts.”
He said that the NHS had “investigated all the relevant medical evidence and the actions taken by our healthcare professionals”.
“We have made the necessary changes to our training in safeguarding and the procedures we offer to ensure we can make our care processes safer for patients.”
The incident occurred at the Royal Free Hospital in the UK on 21 December last year.
The hospital said in the statement: “Following a complaint from a member of the public, our doctors conducted a thorough examination of the patient on Wednesday, 22 December, and, following an assessment, it was decided that the patient had a suspected bacterial infection and was therefore advised to be discharged.”
A second report was given to the hospital’s medical officer, who ordered the foreskin removed.
The boy was discharged and the operation was performed on Friday, 23 December.
The following day, the boy was taken by ambulance to the Royal Liverpool Children’s Hospital for treatment and a medical examination.
A week later, the hospital said it had carried out a full post-operative examination and that the foreskin was “not viable”.
The boy, who was in a stable condition on Thursday, was discharged on Saturday.
“The patient is currently being cared for at the hospital, where he remains under observation, where his condition has been assessed, and where the procedures are in place to minimise any risks to his wellbeing,” the hospital added.
“We will continue to work closely with our partner hospitals to minimising any risk to the patient.”
What is the foreskin?
It’s the tissue that covers the foreskin of the penis, between the head of the glans and the gluteus maximus.
It has been used in many cultures since ancient times and is still used today for cultural and religious reasons.
A small piece of the foreskin can also be found in a penis glove, a ring or an earring.
It’s made up of keratin, a protein found in the hair on the outside of the skin.
The foreskin is also used for hygiene.
“It’s important to remember that the gliding and friction that goes on in the foreskin is not an indication of how it’s going to feel,” said Dr Fenton.
“You can still feel the foreskin through the foreskin and the foreskin itself.
It also has a protective coating of keratins and collagen that is also present in the glabrous skin underneath the foreskin.”
“This doesn’t mean that the sensation of the penile-vaginal contact doesn’t exist, but it’s not a good indicator of the level of sensitivity.”
“It is possible that the skin is too sensitive for the patient and that they could suffer injury if they were to try and touch their penis with their hand or a toy.”
Dr Fennons statement comes amid a national debate over circumcision, which has been under fire after the death of an 11-year-old boy in California who was circumcised in a public school.
In April, a judge in the US ordered a ban on the practice in schools and hospitals.
Critics argue that the practice could lead to more serious health problems, including cancer.
“Circumcision is not a medical procedure.
It is a cultural custom that is based on beliefs, not scientific knowledge,” Dr Fason said.
We will work with partners to minimises any risks, and work closely to minimisise any unnecessary risk to patients.” “
In these challenging times, it is essential that we remain open-minded and respectful of differing views.
We will work with partners to minimises any risks, and work closely to minimisise any unnecessary risk to patients.”
The boy’s father has told The Times that he was unaware of the incident and that his son had been told to stay in his room.
“He was in shock, he was just a little boy,” he told the newspaper.
“I thought it was a