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Lawsuit to be filed after mother claims doctor disfigured her son with 'botched' circumcision

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Rhodes says her son now screams when he urinates. He will need reconstruction work to correct what she considers a botched procedure. Rhodes says her son now screams when he urinates. He will need reconstruction work to correct what she considers a botched procedure.
A Memphis mother has hired an attorney after she claims a doctor disfigured her son. A Memphis mother has hired an attorney after she claims a doctor disfigured her son.

(WMC-TV) - A Memphis mother has hired an attorney after she claims a doctor disfigured her son.

Maggie Rhodes' son Ashton was three months old when she had him circumcised at a local low-cost clinic.

"When he was in the room, he was screaming like life and death like, like there wasn't no tomorrow," she said. "When she pulled back the cloth, like the thing was like gone. She cut up instead of down, instead of cutting around the top of the penis."

Rhodes says her son now screams when he urinates. He will need reconstruction work to correct what she considers a botched procedure.

She says her son was in surgery for nearly three hours.

"While he was screaming, I asked her, I kept asking was everything OK?" said Rhodes. "She was like uh, 'I don't know if he's too large to get did inside the clinic, but I am going to do it anyway.' "

According to the American Academy of Pediatrics, 1 in 500 newborn boys experience significant acute complications as a result of circumcision. The procedure typically takes five to 30 minutes.

Rhodes says doctors have told her the reconstructive surgery needs to be done when her son is older, such as in April next year.

She has hired an attorney

"I want to file the lawsuit because I should have been notified that something happened to my son at that clinic," said Rhodes. "I'm not going to let this rest."

Rhodes says she lost a job trying to take care of Ashton's problems. She finally found another one.

Her attorney is preparing the lawsuit. He expects to file it soon.

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