Miami - Wrongful circumcision

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A wrongful circumcision occurred at Miami in 2010. Wrongful circumcision is a circumcision performed without valid legal informed consent.[1]

Vera Delgado entered South Miami Hospital where she gave birth to a son, Mario Viera, on July 24, 2010. Non-therapeutic male circumcision was not a tradition in the Delgado family. Vera Delgado did not sign a circumcision consent form. Baby Mario had a birth related infection and was held in the intensive care unit of the hospital. Delgado entered her son's room on August 2, where she found a vial containing Tylenol. She soon learned that her son had been wrongfully circumcised and that the Tylenol was for pain relief. The circumcision was performed by Dr. Mary Jean Pazos.[2]

Delgado retained Spencer Aronfeld, attorney-at-law, who sued the hospital and doctor for damages.[3] [4] [5]

South Miami Hospital admitted its negligence in a prepared statement:

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.[2]

Aronfeld stated in the video below that they are seeking damages in excess of $1 million.


External links

  • REFweb LLewellyn, David (September 1995). Legal Remedies for Penile Torts,, The Compleat Mother. Retrieved 10 July 2020.
    Quote: In short, parents whose children have been damaged through wrongful circumcision, forcible retraction, or negligently performed circumcision have legal rights which they can enforce on behalf of their child. No parent should fail to do so because such failure only encourages physicians to continue committing "penile torts." The safety of America's male infants is at stake unless parents call negligent doctors, hospitals and clinics to account.


  1. REFweb Hill, George (16 March 2002). Protection of Infant Boys from Wrongful Circumcision in American Hospitals,, Circumcision Information Resource Pages. Retrieved 10 July 2020.
  2. a b REFnews Tasker, Fred (16 September 2010)."South Miami Hospital faces lawsuit after accidental circumcision", /, South Florida Sun-Sentinel. Retrieved 16 July 2020.
  3. REFweb Aronfeld, Spencer (13 September 2010). Miami mothers sues hospital for wrongful circumcision.. Retrieved 10 July 2020.
  4. REFweb Aronfeld, Spencer (13 September 2010). Complaint,, Peaceful Parenting. Retrieved 10 July 2020.
  5. REFweb Aronfeld, Spencer (13 September 2010). Complaint,, Saving Our Sons. Retrieved 10 July 2020.