Teen could lose his penis after botched circumcision

By Drum Digital
23 June 2015

An Eastern Cape teen could lose his penis after a botched circumcision, while another is showing signs of assault after attending initiation school.

An Eastern Cape teen could lose his penis after a botched circumcision, while another is showing signs of assault after attending initiation school, the provincial health department said.

Spokesperson Sizwe Kupelo said the two were taken to different hospitals on Tuesday.

"The two had severe injuries. One was taken to the Nelson Mandela Central Hospital [in Mthatha]. He might lose his penis."

He emphasised that doctors would not amputate the organ.

"We don't amputate. All those who lose it, lose it through spontaneous amputation when it becomes very septic," Kupelo said.

"We even insist on parental consent when we remove dead skin from the penis, but we never amputate it. Sometimes when we remove the dead skin the penis becomes smaller."

The other teen was taken to Mthatha Central Hospital.

Kupelo could not immediately say if the two had come from the same initiation school.

Including the pair, 13 teens had been hospitalised for botched circumcisions in the province over the last few weeks.

"All of this is unnecessary. Government is there to help. Going to hospital carries a stigma and that is why we are spending money hiring doctors to go to the schools."

Source: News24

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