March 7, 2012
Infant boy dies after receiving herpes from circumcision procedure
Despite the rhetoric flying around last summer, circumcision is an exceptionally safe procedure. But there is a religious variation that is less so. It involves oral suction of the wound, and it’s a manner of transmitting herpes.
In 2004, an infant in Brooklyn died after receiving herpes from the procedure. The following year, two twin infant boys died of the same causes. And this past weekend, officials announced that a two-week-old baby boy died at Maimonides Hospital in Brooklyn from “disseminated herpes simplex virus Type 1, complicating ritual circumcision with oral suction.”
The Brooklyn District Attorney has opened an investigation into the infant’s death. But for real change to occur, there needs to be an communal adoption of the method that Tendler advocates.
(Hat tip: Mike Elkin)