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Canadian Appeals Board Reveals Details Of Baby's Death From Circumcision

| by James Brannigan
Ryan Heydari.Ryan Heydari.

The debate on circumcision is once again rearing its head after news broke in late October of a baby who died because of a botched procedure in Ontario, Canada.

On Jan. 3, 2013, Ryan Heydari was born in a hospital in Ontario. At the urging of the family physician, Homa Ahmadi and John Heydari opted to get baby Ryan circumcised, something they both had previously opposed, reports the Toronto Star.

On Jan. 17, hours after the procedure, Ryan arrived at North York General, his diaper stained with blood, reports the National Post.  “He gave us the most amazing moments of our life,” Ahmadi said.

Ryan, who was just 22 days old, later died, according to the Star.

The parents brought a case to the Ontario College of Physician and Surgeons against Dr. Sheldon Wise, who performed the initial procedure, and Dr. Jordan Carr, the pediatrician who saw Ryan when he started bleeding.

The three-member board "advised" Wise to document his consent procedure. Carr was told of the committee's concern in writing for "his failure to recognize the seriousness of the patient's condition and to treat compensated shock." He was also ordered by the committee to write a  report on the possible complications of circumcision and on how to recognize and treat compensated shock.

“We had Ryan circumcised for health reasons, based on the advice of our family doctor. We were initially very much against having Ryan circumcised, as we felt that Mother Nature had created us the way she had intended us to be," the parents said in a statement. 

The results of this ruling only became public after the parents submitted the case to the Health Professions Appeal and Review Board, which upheld the position. Neither of the results in this case will show in the doctor's public profile in the college's online register.

“I think most people would agree that where there was a death of a 22-day-old baby, there should be public disclosure where there was criticism found with relation to care,” said Paul Harte, a malpractice lawyer advocating for additional transparency.

Source: Toronto Star, National Post / Photo credit: National Post