Knowledge circumcision kills baby

Published on March 4th, 2012 | by Kim LaCapria


Circumcision Kills Infant at NYC Hospital, Herpes Said to Blame

circumcision kills baby

An infant died last September at a New York City hospital, and officials now say that a herpes infection following a ritual circumcision claimed the baby’s life.

The baby boy and his family were not identified, but according to the New York Daily News, the infant passed away at Maimonides Hospital. Cause of death, obtained by the paper, is officially listed as the perplexing ““disseminated herpes simplex virus Type 1, complicating ritual circumcision with oral suction.”

Scarily, the complications that led to the infant’s tragic death are not even down to a rare or unusual practice- the paper also says:

Under the practice, the rabbi or mohel removes blood from the wound with his mouth — a practice city health officials have criticized, saying it carried “inherent risks” for babies…. In 2004, three infants circumcised by Rabbi Yitzchok Fischer were determined to have contracted herpes, city officials said.

Back in 2004, a circumcision by a rabbi led to the death of another infant boy at a hospital in Rockland County, just north of New York City.



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Kim LaCapria is a writer and editor based in New York. A longtime information junkie, she began blogging full-time at the Inquisitr in 2009. Prior to that, she worked as a marketing assistant in the cosmetics and skincare industry. In addition to her writing for fortytwotimes, she also writes for Medacity and The Inquisitr. Kim is also a contributor for SocialNewsDaily, Indyposted, and TotallyMoney. In the past, she contributed to Lipstick and Luxury and managed social media accounts and blogs for several small and mid-sized businesses.

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