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WHY WHY WHY-How is this allowed?

Posted by on Mar. 4, 2012 at 10:13 AM
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NEW YORK (JTA) -- A newborn baby died last fall in Brooklyn from herpes following a controversial circumcision-related rite, a newspaper reported.

The unidentified infant died at Brooklyn’s Maimonides Medical Center on Sept. 28, 2011, the New York Daily News reported Saturday. The newspaper reported receiving confirmation from a spokeswoman for the city’s medical examiner.

The cause of death was listed as “disseminated herpes simplex virus Type 1, complicating ritual circumcision with oral suction,” according to the newspaper.

News of the death comes more than half a decade after a public controversy broke out in New York City over the practice among haredi Orthodox Jews of metzitzah b’peh, which traditionally involves a mohel orally suctioning blood from a circumcision wound.

The controversy was sparked when an infant died from herpes after undergoing metzitzah b’peh. The infant’s twin was also infected with herpes. Another child circumcised the previous year by the same mohel also had contracted herpes. The mohel in question disputed the notion that he had caused the herpes infections.

The New York City Health Department responded by issuing a warning against the practice. Haredi leaders condemned the warning as an unnecessary and unwelcome government intrusion into their community's religious practices.

Haredi leaders have resisted calls to replace direct oral suction with alternative approaches used by some mohels, such as the use of a sterile tube or gauze to take the blood from the circumcision wound.

by on Mar. 4, 2012 at 10:13 AM
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sweetnsassymami
by Ruby Member on Mar. 4, 2012 at 10:16 AM

oral suction? I would google it but I'm afraid of what might pop up lol.

that's so sad :(

Tea4Tas
by on Mar. 4, 2012 at 10:17 AM
  • Oh  it is exaclty what you think it is. That little boy died of herpes. Becase this practice is allowed.
Nursemommy0f2
by on Mar. 4, 2012 at 10:17 AM
So a mohel is a person? And said person has herpes?
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atyou
by on Mar. 4, 2012 at 10:19 AM
=(

so sad.
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Embers88
by on Mar. 4, 2012 at 10:20 AM

What the fuck?! I don't even know what to say........... Omg. Poor little babies.

manderator
by on Mar. 4, 2012 at 10:22 AM
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Ok, so if the mohel is infected with herpes I would def say that he should not be allowed to use oral suction. (Damn that sounds just awkward) But under circumstances in which the mohel doesn't I see no problem with it (other than it's extremely weird sounding to all of us non-Jews).  If religious protocol calls for it then I totally get it but the leaders should make sure everyone is tested for anything that could cause a child to become sick...

Mrs.Pedro
by Silver Member on Mar. 4, 2012 at 10:22 AM

 I understand wanting to keep up with your religious beliefs and practices, but why would you deny having herpes and if you knew you had it why the hell would you go around doing this ritual?!? Someone's in denial and needs some REAL God in their lives if they are okay with passing on a disease to babies. SMH.

AnnieMcD
by on Mar. 4, 2012 at 10:22 AM
A mohel (pronounced moyel) is the Rabbi who performs the bris (ritual circumcision)

Quoting Nursemommy0f2:

So a mohel is a person? And said person has herpes?
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rriley
by on Mar. 4, 2012 at 10:22 AM


Quoting Embers88:

What the fuck?! I don't even know what to say........... Omg. Poor little babies.

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atyou
by on Mar. 4, 2012 at 10:23 AM
Right!


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