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Maharashtra boy goes to hospital for leg surgery, doctors circumcise him ‘by mistake’

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The parents of a nine-year-old boy from Shahapur in Maharashtra’s Thane district have filed a complaint with the police, alleging that doctors at a government-run hospital performed surgery on his genitals instead of treating his injured leg.

Following this allegation, a health official assured an inquiry into the incident, and the police stated that they are conducting an investigation.

The boy’s parents explained, “He injured his leg while playing with friends last month. He was admitted to the sub-district hospital in Shahapur on June 15 for treatment. Recently, the doctors performed a circumcision surgery on his private part instead of treating his injured leg.”

After realizing their mistake, the doctors performed surgery on the boy’s injured leg shortly thereafter, they told reporters.

The parents also lodged a complaint with the Shahapur police. Although no case has been registered yet, a police official confirmed that a probe into the complaint is underway.

District Civil Surgeon Dr. Kailas Pawar stated that health authorities will conduct an inquiry into the allegations.

Medical officer at the hospital, Gajendra Pawar, informed reporters that besides the leg injury, the boy also had phimosis (a condition of tight foreskin).

“We had to carry out two operations,” he said.

Regarding informing the parents about the second operation, he mentioned that the doctors might have forgotten to tell them or might have informed other relatives of the patient.

Pawar added, “What the doctors did was right and there was nothing wrong with it. But the parents refused to accept the explanation given by the doctors.”

On the same day, two patients of the same age group underwent surgery at the hospital, the doctors said.

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