girl at a private clinic while undergoing a circumcision operation has once
again highlighted that female private part mutilation continues to endanger
lives in Egypt despite laws forbidding the practice.
official complaint, accusing the doctor who performed the operation of having
caused her death.
Daqahliya governorate, north-east of Cairo.
Doctors and nurses in Egypt have been banned from performing
procedures involving female private part mutilation (FGM) since 2007 following
the death of two young girls after being subjected to such surgeries at public
hospitals. The procedure was subsequently declared illegal in 2008.
youngsters at grave risk. According to national statistics, around 80 per cent
of girls born to poor families become victims of FGM, as against only 30 per
cent of girls from wealthy, educated backgrounds.
minutes later, the nurse took my daughter out of the operation room to a nearby
room, along with three other girls whom the doctor was circumcising,” Soher’s
father, Mohammad Ebrahim, a farmer, told the Al Masry Al Youm newspaper.
but, unfortunately, unlike the rest of the girls, she did not,” Ebrahim said.
we were surprised when an ambulance transferred her out of the clinic. When we
asked the doctor what was going on, he told us that she was weak and that the
clinic did not have the necessary [medical] equipment to treat her. When we
reached Aga Central Hospital, they told us she was dead. If I had known the
operation was going to kill her, I would never have [allowed] her to have it.
The same doctor conducted a similar operation on her elder sister two years
ago, and villagers visit this doctor because he has a remedy for everything at
low prices,” the distraught father said.
at the Aga Hospital told me that she died of an anaesthesia overdose,” the
girl’s mother, Hasanat Naeem Fawzi, said.
have justice for my daughter,” Hasanat said.
the family 20,000 Egyptian pounds (Dh10,299) in return for an assurance that
they would not file a complaint against him.
summoned the doctor for an interrogation and ordered that an autopsy be
conducted on the girl to find the cause of death.
forensic doctors were on vacation, the prosecutor was able to call on one to
conduct the autopsy. The health inspector’s report, he added, confirmed that
the cause of death was a sharp drop in blood pressure resulting from shock
Health in Daqahlia, said that the Health Directorate had not yet been notified
of the incident. He stressed that FGM is strictly prohibited and that the
doctor had violated the law ˮ.
family the strength to bear the loss of Soher
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