A one-month-old baby has had his penis amputated after a botched circumcision by a nurse posing as a doctor in Egypt.
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According to The Daily Mail, Ashraf Helmi claims he went with his sister-in-law and a family friend to have his son, Mohamed, vaccinated at the Manti Medical Centre in Shubra El-Kheima in Qalyubia governorate in northern Cairo.
He was then persuaded by the pair to have his son circumcised, and agreed to let a nurse who allegedly pretended to be a doctor do the operation.
The nurse earned a $4.50 bonus for the procedure, the publication reported.
"She did it at an emergency room and not an operation room. I made sure I was there because you hear of all the botched surgeries out there," Ashraf told media.
"After finishing, she then fastened the gauze so tightly and when I told her it's very rough for a small boy, she said, 'I know what I'm doing!'" he added.
After noticing a swelling on his son's penis, the distressed dad went for a follow-up at the medical centre.
He became suspicious after the nurse who operated on his son went to bring a "doctor" to examine the child. He then reported the incident to the police.
Unfortunately, baby Mohamed went on to develop an infection.
His father then rushed him to Nasser Institute For Research and Treatment, in Cairo, where they had to amputate his penis as it had turned gangrenous.
"I didn't know what went on in the operation room; I only had someone tell me, 'Come take your daughter!'" he said, according to reports.
The nurse has been detained and the case is being investigated.
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