posted on Feb, 2 2005 @ 08:07 AM
this is terribly SAD as far as i'm concerned.
Wednesday, February 2, 2005 Posted: 8:06 AM EST (1306 GMT)
NEW YORK (AP) -- City health officials are investigating the death of a baby boy who was one of three infants to contract herpes after a rabbi
Ten days after Rabbi Yitzhok Fischer performed religious circumcisions on twins last October, one died of herpes and the other tested positive for the
virus, according to complaint filed by the health department in Manhattan Supreme Court.
The complaint, reported in Wednesday's edition of the New York Daily News, also said health officials later found a third baby who had contracted
herpes after being circumcised by Fischer in late 2003.
Under Jewish law, a mohel -- someone who performs circumcisions -- draws blood from the circumcision wound. Most mohels do it by hand, but Fischer
uses a rare practice where he uses his mouth.
Fischer's lawyer, Mark Kurzmann, told the Daily News that Fischer was cooperating with the investigation, although it's unclear whether Fischer
submitted to the city's request for a blood test.
"My client is known internationally as a caring, skilled, and conscientious mohel," Kurzmann said.
the last statement blows my mind!!! how can this man be called a caring, skilled and conscientious mohel...................when he carries the herpes
virus........and exposes these infants to the virus by doing a circumcision with active HERPES virus in his mouth at the time of the circ!!!
that's just WRONG!@!!!