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Health

Boys Injured After Illegal Circumcision

Published söndag 19 april 2009 kl 11.17

A Stockholm hospital is warning parents about a man who has caused injuries to boys he has circumcised. The man lost his licence to circumcise back in 2007 following several incidents, but according to the hospital has continued carrying out the operation illegally since then, with several boys being rushed to the hospital with serious injuries.

In Sweden you don’t have to be a doctor to carry out circumcisions on boys younger than 2 months old, as long as a nurse is present to give pain relief.

The man, who isn’t a doctor, lost his licence to circumcise at home after carrying out the practice without a nurse present, and on boys over 2 months of age.

Circumcision on boys is a traditional practice in the Jewish and Islamic faiths, and since the man was banned there has been no-one with a licence in the Muslim community in Stockholm to carry out the practice, meaning many Muslim families have gone to private clinics and even to a licenced circumcisor, or mohel, in the Jewish community here.

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