Published on March 4th, 2012 | by Kim LaCapria0
Circumcision Kills Infant at NYC Hospital, Herpes Said to Blame
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.