The suit says Rabbi Mordechai Rosenberg (pictured at right) "suffered from an impairment of his ability to think and process thoughts clearly" and recklessly failed to use the shield normally employed to protect against catastrophic injury. Mr. Rosen said Rabbi Rosenberg severed the organ and that the boy's grandfather, himself a doctor, immediately called Children's Hospital of Pittsburgh of UPMC and alerted them to assemble a reconstructive surgery team.
As we previously reported, a haredi mohel (Jewish ritual circumciser) with close Chabad connections, Rabbi Mordechai Rosenberg, severed a baby's penis during a brit milah ceremony in Pittsburgh last April.
But now we know a bit more about how the accident happened.
And we also know that Romi Cohen, whose mohels organization is currently suing New York City over its informed consent requirement for metzitzah b'peh (MBP), the direct mouth-to-bleeding-penis-suction done by haredi mohels after cutting off the baby's foreskin, supports Rosenberg.
(Cohen believes New York City's informed consent requirement is unnecessary, that MBP is perfectly safe (even though children have died and have been maimed by infections caused by it), and believes government has no right to impose any regulation at all to govern any aspect of Jewish ritual circumcision.)
The Pittsburgh Post-Gazette reports:
…The suit said Rabbi Rosenberg "suffered from an impairment of his ability to think and process thoughts clearly" and recklessly failed to use the shield normally employed to protect against catastrophic injury. Mr. Rosen said Rabbi Rosenberg severed the organ and that the boy's grandfather, himself a doctor, immediately called Children's Hospital of Pittsburgh of UPMC and alerted them to assemble a reconstructive surgery team.
Mr. Rosen said the baby's entire blood supply had to be replaced via transfusion and that doctors took heroic measures in reconstructive surgery and afterward. It included therapy involving blood-drawing leeches, whose saliva is seen as stimulating healing.
Despite successful surgery, "this young child is at risk for unimaginable problems in the future," Mr. Rosen said. "He's just a baby. He's home, and he is at risk for awful problems.”…
Rabbi Rosenberg continues to be recognized by the American Board of Ritual Circumcision, according to its chairman, Rabbi Romi Cohn of New York City. He said it is "very, very seldom" that such injuries occur and that a certified mohel needs to undergo extensive training, an examination and perform three circumcisions in the presence of board members.
The board is mainly associated with Orthodox or most strictly observant practitioners of Judaism. The other major branches, Conservative and Reform, also have organizations that train and certify mohels and in some cases recruit doctors to learn and perform the procedure's religious aspects.
Such groups are voluntary and, while they can exclude someone from membership, they cannot sanction a mohel in the way that a state licensing board can.…