Thursday, December 19, 2013

Nurse spared jail for killing baby in botched circumcision

Nurse spared jail for killing baby in

 botched circumcision

Grace AdeleyeGrace Adeleye denied causing Goodluck Caubergs' death

A nurse who caused the death of a baby in a botched home circumcision has been spared jail.
Grace Adeleye, 67, carried out the procedure using scissors,

forceps and olive oil and without anaesthetic in Chadderton,

Oldham, in April 2010.
Four-week-old Goodluck Caubergs bled to death before he

could reach hospital the following day.
Adeleye, who was found guilty of manslaughter by 

gross negligence, was given a suspended jail sentence.
A judge at Manchester Crown Court ordered her to serve 21 months in jail,

suspended for 24 months.

'No problem'
She was also given a six-month overnight curfew and a 12-month supervision order.
The nurse, of Sarnia Court, Salford, Greater Manchester, had claimed there had been

"no problem" when she left the infant and that his parents had been pleased with the

But the court heard that when his parents changed his nappy several hours later, they

found a large amount of blood and contacted Adeleye, who told them to re-dress the

Goodluck's parents called an ambulance the following morning and he was taken to

the Royal Oldham Hospital, where he died a short time later.
During the trial, the court heard that Adeleye and Goodluck's parents were from

Nigeria, where the circumcision of newborns is the tradition for Christian families.

'Historic, crude and dangerous'
The jury was told that Adeleye was paid £100 to do the operation and that she had

done "more than 1,000" circumcision operations without incident.
Goodluck's parents said after sentencing "not for one minute" did they think the

procedure would cause him harm.
In a statement they described his death as "having a nightmare that we could not

wake up from".
"The sadness we feel does not seem to ease. We have now just grown to live with

 the pain of our son's death rather than it subsiding."
Det Insp Darren Meeks from Greater Manchester Police said the case in which a

young baby lost his life in such a "tragic and unnecessary manner" was

"heartbreaking".  "Although Adeleye was a registered nurse, she carried out the

surgery at the parents' home, using a historic, crude and dangerous method,

with inappropriate instruments."

BREAKING NEWS: Lawsuit claims Squirrel Hill rabbi botched 8-day-old's circumcision

By Adam Brandolph 

Published: Wednesday, Dec. 18, 2013, 12:18 p.m.Updated 7 hours ago

A Squirrel Hill rabbi botched a ritual circumcision, causing a “catastrophic and life-changing injury” to an 8-day-old boy, his parents claim in a civil lawsuit filed this week.

Attorney Neil Rosen, who represents the mother, father and child identified by initials in the complaint, called the incident “unimaginable” but declined further comment. Rosen said he used his clients' initials to protect the identity of the child, now 8 months old.

The lawsuit filed on Tuesday says Rabbi Mordechai Rosenberg, 54, performed a ritual circumcision on the boy on April 28, as required by Jewish custom. Rosenberg, an Orthodox mohel — or ritual circumciser — referred calls to his attorneys at the Downtown law firm Weber Gallagher, who did not return calls.

The suit does not specify the child's injuries but claims Rosenberg acted “with a total disregard” for the boy.
The parents, who witnessed what happened, rushed their son to Children's Hospital for emergency reconstructive surgery and leech therapy, the lawsuit says.

Carrie Sorenson, a clinical pharmacist at St. Alexius Medical Center in Bismarck, N.D., said leeches help a body accept reattached parts by promoting blood flow and tissue regeneration. The baby required several follow-up visits, the lawsuit says.
Rosenberg's website says he was trained by rabbis in Pittsburgh and Jerusalem and is recognized as a certified mohel by the American Board of Ritual Circumcision in New York. Rabbi Avrohom Cohen, board chairman, did not return calls.

Mohels are not certified by a government agency because circumcision is considered a religious ceremony and not a medical procedure.

Mistakes are relatively uncommon and infant circumcisions are generally complication-free, said Rabbi Julie Pelc Adler, chair of the Reform Judaism movement's circumcision training and certification program in Los Angeles.
The Reform and Conservative Judaism movements certify licensed physicians to perform ritual circumcisions rather than clergy members, as the Orthodox do, Adler said.

“While the vast majority has probably never had this kind of horrific outcome, you can't predict to whom and when a mistake like this is going to happen,” she said.

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