Boy goes to hospital with sore tooth, ends up getting circumcised


THE BOY went to hospital to take care of his terrible toothache.

But now he has pain he never thought was possible.


And not only was he circumcised, but the work was so badly done that the boy is still in serious pain and in need of more medical attention.

His 27-year-old mother from Umlazi’s BB section said she wants the doctors to tell her who gave permission for the circumcision.

A lawyer’s letter, claiming
R500 000 damages from the KZN Department of Health, indicates among other things, that:

  • the wound was infected
  • puss and clear liquid was coming from his 4-5
  • the boy was suffering great pain
  • he has been treated by another doctor with pain killers and antibiotics
  • the boy needs another operation to have the circumcision corrected.

His mum told Daily Sun that she asked her aunt to take her son to the Prince Mshiyeni Memorial Hospital for a tooth operation.

But three weeks later there was obviously something wrong with the boy.

“I noticed that there was something wrong with my son as he wasn’t walking normally. I spoke to him and he told me what happened on the day he went to hospital,” she said. She said she took him to a private doctor who confirmed that circumcision was done on him, but not properly and the boy’s 4-5 was bleeding from the inside.

“I want the hospital to tell me who gave them the right to circumcise my son, because as far as I’m concerned he only went there for a tooth operation,” she said.

“I’m still waiting for them to tell me if the damage won’t affect his manhood in the future.”

She said the cut on his 4-5 wasn’t even bandaged and they didn’t give him tablets for the pain.

The aunt (46) said the doctors didn’t tell her about the operation.

“They wrote down our details and injected him before asking me to leave the dental room. After about 30 minutes he came out and I asked him to show me if the tooth operation was done. He showed me and when I asked him if he was fine and if everything went well, he said yes,” the aunt told the People’s Paper.

She said he did not tell her anything about the circumcision.

Spokesman for the KZN Department of Health, Sam Mkhwanazi said: “The department notes allegations raised by the letter and confirms that these allegations are now being investigated by the management of the hospital.”

Roy Singh, the mum’s lawyer, confirmed he sent the MEC for health the letter.

The letter states: “As a consequence, our client has suffered damages in the amount of R500 000 which we hereby demand from you as you are liable for the delictual acts of your employees.”

The letter said that if the amount isn’t paid within 30 days they will issue summons

against the department in the High Court.



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