Jewish Rabbi being sued for accidentally SEVERING newborn baby boy's penis during a Bris ceremony

December 29, 2013 7:56 PM

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A rabbi from Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania is being sued for severing a newborn baby's penis during a botched Bris ceremony.

Rabbi Mordechai Rosenberg, who is also a mohel, performed the ceremony at The Tree Of Life Synagogue in Squirrel Hill earlier this year on April 28.

The Huffington Post reported that the parents have remained anonymous to protect the identity of their son.

The newborn baby boy had to be rushed to Children's Hospital where doctors performed an emergency micro-surgery to reattach the dismembered penis.

CBS reported that the boy needed six blood transfusions and was hospitalized for two months. The delicate surgery took about eight hours long.

CBS spoke with a plastic surgeon named Doctor Joe Losee about the process of micro surgery.

'If your finger, your thumb was cut off and was put back on, that is pretty exciting,' Losee said.

The baby's microsurgery was reported 'successful', but whether or not the baby will have problems later on in life is still unknown.

CBS spoke with attorney David Llewellyn who handles cases pertaining to botched circumcisions by either a mohel or a doctor.

'That is extraordinarily serious and is extraordinarily rare,' said attorney David Llewellyn.

'Your average pediatric urologist probably spends about 20 percent of his or her time repairing children who have been circumcised,' Llewellyn told CBS.

He also claims that receiving a Bris in a hospital may not be recognized under Jewish law.

Mayor Bloomberg has spoken out about medical circumcision following 11 herpes outbreaks in 2001 in New York in an ultra-Orthodox Jewish circumcision ritual called metzitzah b’peh — or oral suction — in which the mohel puts his mouth directly on the newborn’s circumcised penis and sucks out the blood.

Bloomberg wrote an open latter to mohel's asking them to move away from the ceremony.


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