Hospitals are intended to be places of healing. They are meant to employ medical professionals that are well-educated and highly trained. Most doctors and other medical professionals are capable, caring, compassionate individuals who work hard for the health of their patients in Pennsylvania. However, medical mistakes are usually devastating in their consequences, and no victims are more innocent than patients who have come to a doctor looking for aid. Medical negligence is the root cause of most forms of malpractice.
Recently in Pittsburgh, one rabbi made a regrettable mistake in a routine circumcision procedure for an infant. The surgical procedure was performed at a local synagogue, where the rabbi accidentally cut off the baby's entire body part. The story came to light after the infant's parents came forward with the case in a lawsuit.
After over six hours of surgery and numerous blood transfusions in addition to leach therapy, doctors reattached the baby boy's penis. The infant subsequently spent two months in the hospital in recovery. It is still unknown whether the child will make a full recovery.
The rabbi is continuing to perform circumcisions, despite the parent's shock and legal action. The rabbi reportedly spoke with journalists following the botched surgery and admitted that it was a tragic accident, although he plans to continue to perform surgeries for male infants in light of the fact that he is fully trained. Medical negligence in Pennsylvania should not be tolerated; victims of
can research their legal options immediately after injury to determine fault and make arrangements for treatment.
Pennsylvania rabbi sued for worst-case, botched circumcision
, Cheryl K. Chumley, Dec. 30, 2013