MEMPHIS, TN -(WMC-TV) – Circumcision for newborn boys is considered one of the most common medical procedures in the world. But one Memphis mother says her son was mutilated during the common surgery.
Maggie Rhodes’ son Ashton was three months old when she had him circumcised at a local low-cost clinic.
“When he was in the room, he was screaming like life and death like, like there wasn’t no tomorrow,” she said. “When she pulled back the cloth, like the thing was like gone. She cut up instead of down, instead of cutting around the top of the penis.”
Rhodes says her son was in surgery for nearly three hours.
“It took them about three hours to do the circumcision and so my baby screamed the whole three hours, like the whole process,” Rhodes said. “Then even when she gave him back to us, he was still screaming.”
Rhodes did not have her son circumcised in the hospital because she was unable to be present for the procedure. Also, her son had a cold during his six-week-checkup. The doctor said wait.
“You try to be the best mom you can be, but it’s like the attack of the enemies is always there,” said Rhodes. “I feel like I failed my son.”