A mother from Clayton County, Georgia, is suing a clinic on the grounds that an alleged mistake made during her son’s circumcision left him permanently disfigured.
According to the Atlantic Journal-Constitution, the botched procedure allegedly scarred the child so badly that he cannot urinate normally and most likely will be unable to have sex once he is an adult.
“No child deserves to go through this,” says mother Stacie Willis, whose son Dejuan Williams is days shy of his first birthday.
This week, Willis filed a $2 million lawsuit against Life Cycle Pediatrics, where the circumcision was performed; against the clinic’s owner, Anne Sigouin; and against nurse midwife Melissa Jones, who, according to Willis, performed the procedure.
“I was in disbelief, because I had concerns about this from the beginning, so it was like reality had just smacked me in the face,” Willis said of the alleged botched circumcision.
Willis said that when the bleeding slowed, the clinic’s staff sent her and her son home, rather than to seek emergency care.
Attorney Jonathan Johnson described the incident as “shocking” and “catastrophic.” Johnson said that the procedure “cut through his urethra.”
“I don’t know what other extreme words you could use about someone having essentially the end of their penis amputated, for a male, is almost the worst thing you can imagine,” Johnson said.
The child’s medical bills so far have totaled $20,000, some of which has been covered by insurance. Willis has said that doctors still don’t know if any future surgeries will be able to repair the damage.
The lawsuit claims Dejuan now faces a lifetime of medical and psychological care.
“I feel like you stole his whole teenage years, his whole adult life,” Willis said. The mother said that to her, the lawsuit is not so much about the money as it is about “making sure [the nurse-midwife] is not allowed to do anything like this to any other child.”
Willis’ lawyers said that while the woman who allegedly performed the procedure has been served with the lawsuit, they have not yet been able to track down the clinic’s owner.