Nigerian Baby Dies In Italy After Home Circumcision

Nigerian Baby Dies In Italy After Home Circumcision

Felix Egbomuche

Felix Egbomuche

Another infant born to Nigerian parents in Italy has died following complications from a home circumcision.

The death is the second of such recorded in the country in less than two weeks and the third since last December.

Although the Italian news agency, ANSA, did not state his name or age, they reported that the newborn died overnight near the port city of Genoa after his Nigerian mother and grandmother called for emergency medical help following the complication.

The baby was already dead when paramedics arrived.

The mother of the child, the grandmother and a man, who reportedly carried out the procedure, were arrested and taken to the police headquarters.

Twelve days ago, a five-month-old baby died of heart attack in a hospital in Bologna after his parents performed a circumcision at home.

While another 2-year-old baby lost his life due to severe blood loss in Rome last December as a result of a botched circumcision. The baby's twin brother only managed to survive the procedure, thanks to intensive care.

Circumcision is not widely practised among Italy's majority Roman Catholic population but Muslims and many other immigrants do practice the procedure for cultural and religious reasons.

Often, these families have difficulty accessing the procedure in hospitals, because they are either charged excessively or the hospital refuses to perform it on children younger than four.

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