A couple filed a lawsuit earlier this month on behalf of their infant child alleging a Pittsburgh rabbi botched a ritual circumcision, causing "catastrophic and life-changing injury" to their 8-day-old child. The attorney, who represents the couple and the now 8-month old child, described the incident as "unimaginable" but declined to elaborate further. The lawsuit states that the 54-year-old rabbi performed a ritual circumcision on the child on April 28, 2013. While the suit fails to describe the type of injuries the small child allegedly suffered, the suit claims the rabbi acted "with a total disregard" for the boy. According to the suit, the parents of the child rushed their son to a Children's Hospital for emergency reconstructive surgery and leech therapy after witnessing the incident. Leech therapy helps a body accept reattached parts by promoting blood flow and tissue regeneration. The infant had to make several follow-up visits, the suit says. The rabbi is recognized as a certified mohel by the American Board of Ritual Circumcision of New York. However, because circumcision is considered a religious ceremony and not a medical practice, mohels are not certified by a government agency.
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