A mother in Memphis, Tennessee says her son was mutilated during a circumcision at a local hospital, shortly after his birth. Maggie Rhodes took her complaints to a Memphis investigative news team to warn other parents about her experience. Rhodes also reported that her son’s experience was excruciatingly painful.
“When he was in the room, he was screaming like life and death like, like there wasn’t no tomorrow,” she said. “When she pulled back the cloth, like the thing was like gone.”
Rhodes’ son now requires reconstructive surgery to correct mistakes made during the procedure. According to the American Academy of Pediatrics 1 in 500 circumcisions of newborn boys result in acute complications, and even deaths.
A Voice for Men publisher Paul Elam, an anti-circumcision advocate, did not mince words in his reaction to the story.
“Ms. Rhodes is terribly mistaken,” he said. “Her son was not mutilated by a botched circumcision. Circumcision itself is genital mutilation. It was a senseless act of violence to allow the barbaric and unnecessary procedure in the first place. No parent should be surprised by this kind of outcome.”