Alberthy Camargos, 24, has revealed how his three-year-old son amputated his penis during a routine circumcision
In a three-year-old boy, his penis was amputated in a failed circumcision performed by an experienced surgeon who was subsequently found dead a few days later.
Father Alberthy Camargos, 24, told how he took his son for the routine operation in a clinic in Malacacheta, Eastern Brazil, last month after being told he needed the operation.
However, after the procedure – which normally takes 30 minutes – he became concerned.
When Mr. Camargos asked doctor Pedro Abrantes what had happened, the doctor assured him that everything was fine and his son was healthy.
But when the concerned father went to remove his son's plasters and checked the wound, he discovered that his son's penis had been replaced by a rolled-up piece of gauze.
& # 39; I went crazy and fell to the floor. I got in shock. I tried to move, but I was paralyzed and needed to be supported by nurses, & he said.
Regarding Dr. Abrantes' apparent lies, he added: & I was disgusted by his answer. They treated me like a fool and I lost complete faith in the medical team.
& # 39; I only knew by looking through and hearing my son's pain and seeing the disoriented state he was in, that the operation had gone wrong and my son's body was mutilated. & # 39 ;
He took matters into his own hands and signed a waiver and dismissed his son from the hospital the next day.
Camargos said the hospital had assured him that the operation was going well, but when he removed his son's bandage, he discovered that the doctor had disguised his horrible mistake
The child was taken to Teófilo Otoni Hospital, a private unit in a neighboring town.
There the boy underwent new and detailed evaluations with a pediatrician and urologist.
Both confirmed, after medication to control pain and prevent the spread of infections, that the child's sexual organ had been cut off.
The diagnosis in the medical report stated that there had been & # 39; rupture in the foreskin with open and bleeding cavernous bodies (spongy areas) … and the unintended partial amputation of the penis … (leaving) the base of the penis & # 39 ;.
The boy has since undergone plastic surgery to protect a length of urethra that remains after the failed operation, meaning he does not need a catheter.
Camargos, a bank clerk who has custody of his son after the boy's divorce, said: & # 39; I was told about a year ago (my son) that he was suffering from phimosis, where the foreskin of the penis cannot be easily withdrawn.
& # 39; I was advised that an operation would be simple and straightforward. On the day of the treatment I left my son in the hospital with my mother because I had meetings at work. When I returned, I realized something was wrong.
& # 39; This was a procedure that should have taken around 30 minutes, but which lasted almost four hours.
& # 39; When the doctor took off the first blood-stained dressing, there was a kind of rolled-up gauze underneath that seemed to cover my son's penis. But when that was removed there was nothing but a stump and no visible penis. I was shocked by the shock. & # 39;
Dr. spokesperson Carlos Marx Municipal Hospital said an internal investigation is ongoing and the medical team that helped the doctor is being investigated.
Doctor Pedro Abrantes, who carried out the procedure and had an impeccable record until then, was found dead shortly after a failed operation due to a cardiac arrest
The city's health department confirmed that it had brought home visits from a health team, provided psychological care, and worked with the father to ensure that the child received all necessary consultations and medical assistance.
Nevertheless, the family is considering taking legal action against the hospital.
The single father complained: & # 39; The unexpected death of the doctor robbed us of the person who could have given us face-to-face answers and who may have been held directly responsible. & # 39;
A health official said that the deceased surgeon had a medical career for nearly 30 years and that there were no data on problems with his professional behavior while working in public health care.
Mariana Grassi, chief of police, said (to FocusOn News): & We have collected all the documents related to this case and we are now hearing the testimony of those involved.
& # 39; We must determine whether Dr. Abrantes, who died under suspicious circumstances, was solely responsible for the medical error or that other professionals were involved. & # 39;
Medical experts said that penile reconstruction could involve removing the skin from other parts of the body, such as the forearm or thigh, to shape the genitals and make them as realistic as possible.
And since remedial care began before organ remains in the body contracted, doctors are convinced that they can preserve erectile tissue, meaning that the boy can live a normal sex life, experience sexual drive, and even father children.
The child is fired and is recovering steadily at home.
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