Baby loses penis after a bad circumcision by nurse in Egypt hospital

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Ashraf Helmi has said his son’s penis was amputated after a botched circumcision turned gangrenous (Picture: CEN/Getty)

A one-month-old has had to have his penis amputated after it turned gangrenous following a botched circumcision in Egypt.

The boy’s dad, Ashraf Helmi told local media he had gone to have his son Mohamed vaccinated at a medical centre when his family convinced him to have his son circumcised.

He said he agreed to let a nurse do the operation, because she claimed she was a doctor.

The baby boy developed an infection and had to be rushed to another hospital (File picture: Getty)

Local media reports have claimed the nurse carried out the circumcision to earn a 50-EGP (£2.40) bonus. ‘She did it at an emergency room and not an operation room.

I made sure I was there because you hear of all the botched surgeries out there,’ Mr Helmi said.

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After finishing, she fastened the gauze so tightly and when I told her it’s very rough for a small boy, she said, “I know what I’m doing!”‘ But when he noticed a swelling on his son’s penis, Helmi went for a follow-up appointment back at the Manti Medical Centre in northern Cairo.

He saw the woman again, but became suspicious after she allegedly told him to wait till she brought a ‘doctor’.

A few days later, Mohamed developed an infection and his father then rushed him to a different hospital where they had to amputate his penis due to the deadly infection.

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Mr Helmi said he didn’t know what had happened in the operating room until someone told him: ‘Come take your daughter’.

Ministry of Health Deputy Minister, Hamdi al-Tabakh told local media that the nurse admitted she had gone through with the ill-fated surgery.

However, he said it was at the father’s house, not at the medical centre, a claim which the Mr Helmi denies. The nurse has been detained and the case is being investigated.