Malaysia's health ministry probes botched circumcision on boy

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KUALA LUMPUR - The Health Ministry has begun its investigations into the botched circumcision incident involving a 10-year-old boy at a clinic in Taman Cheras Utama.

Ministry director-general Datuk Dr Noor Hisham Abdullah said a police report has been made on the matter.

"A report has been made and we will let the investigation progress. The ministry is also conducting its own investigations," he said when contacted on Wednesday.

It was reported that a routine circumcision for the boy went horribly wrong when his penis was severed during a laser-based procedure at a clinic in Taman Cheras Utama on Dec 20.

Soon after the procedure, the doctor told the father of the boy that he had accidentally cut off the head of his son's penis.

The boy was rushed to the Universiti Kebangsaan Malaysia Hospital (HUKM), which then referred him to the Kuala Lumpur Hospital (HKL) for surgery to reattach the head of his penis.

It is learnt that the surgery was successful.

The father of the boy lodged a police report at HKL upon advice from a doctor there.

The doctor has since lodged a report over the incident as well, admitting that an accident had occurred during the procedure.

Asked whether the clinic has been ordered to close or any pending action against the doctor responsible for the surgery, Dr Noor Hisham said the investigation was still ongoing.

Kajang OCPD Asst Comm Othman Nanyan confirmed the case.

Sources revealed that the clinic has been operating since 2006 but was not registered with the ministry.

"The clinic's administration had filed an application to be registered online but the process was not completed," said the source.