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NGO to assist boy who lost entire penis after prior circumcision mishap

KUALA LUMPUR: A non-governmental organisation (NGO) has expressed interest in helping a nine-year-old boy whose penis had to be completely amputated following an earlier circumcision mishap – including in helping raise funds to cover medical costs.

According to Ikatan Rakyat Insan Muslim Malaysia (IRIMM) president, Amir Amsaa Alla Pitchay, who visited the boy at the Kuala Lumpur Hospital (HKL) yesterday, the boy was in need of immediate treatment.

“At present, the family has yet to be advised about the boy’s surgery, the cost and whether there is a need for treatment overseas.

“So, we hope that the hospital can give an immediate explanation to the victim’s family, to enable them to plan ahead, including whether there is a need to raise funds for follow-up treatment,” he told Bernama here.

Amir Amsaa also said IRIMM has urged the government to take necessary action against errant medical practitioners to prevent recurrence of such incidents.

“We want to know the details of the doctors involved in the procedure, and whether they are qualified to perform circumcisions. If they are not, action must be taken for their negligence,” he said.

IRIMM also welcomes the suggestion that private and public medical practitioners should undergo training for circumcision procedures.

On Dec 15, the head of the boy’s penis was accidentally cut off with a pair of scissors during a circumcision procedure at a private clinic in Jalan Ipoh here.

His family then took the boy to the HKL to stitch the penis head back on, but after almost a week, it started turning black and the entire penis had to be amputated.

IRIMM representatives also visited another boy at the hospital after he lost his penis head while undergoing a laser circumcision procedure at a clinic in Cheras Utama, Kajang on Dec 20.

On Saturday, Health director-general Datuk Dr Noor Hisham Abdullah said both boys are now able to urinate after going through surgeries, but it is too early to tell what the implications will be once they become adults. –BERNAMA

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