Florida Woman Sues Hospital After Son Circumcised Against Her Wishes

A Florida mother is suing South Miami Hospital after doctors allegedly performed a circumcision on her infant son without her permission, according to a press release from the woman’s lawyer.

Vera Delgado gave birth to her son Mario in August and told hospital staff members several times that she did not want him circumcised, as it was a family tradition. Eight days later, Delgado found that even though her son was still in intensive care, doctors had performed the unauthorized surgery.

Delgado is now suing the hospital for battery.

"They went and they did an unnecessary, unwanted surgical procedure on this child without the parents’ permission," said Spencer Aronfeld, Delgado’s lawyer.

A statement issued from the hospital apologized for the incident.

“The baby’s circumcision was an unfortunate mistake caused by a misread consent form. As soon as the error was discovered, the doctor and nurses let the family know what had occurred. We also immediately implemented new processes to ensure this mistake will not occur again. The procedure itself was performed following appropriate surgical guidelines and the baby didn’t have any complications. Nevertheless, we’re all deeply sorry that this happened.”