Courts & Crime

Woman sues hospital over son's accidental circumcision

Vera Delgado says she was shocked when she learned last month that her infant son, Mario Viera, was accidentally circumcised without her consent at South Miami Hospital when he was 8 days old.

"Oh, my God," Delgado said. "How could this happen?"

No male in her family has been circumcised for years, she said.

"I didn't want this for him. I'm opposed to circumcision. They didn't have the right to do it."

The hospital has said it is "deeply sorry" and vowed to take steps to prevent the mistake from happening again, but Delgado says that's not enough. She filed suit against the hospital Monday and a criminal battery report with South Miami police Wednesday.

The case of the accidental circumcision quickly created controversy: Delgado's attorney was invited to speak at a national conference on crime victims and has been contacted by media as far away as the United Arab Emirates and anti-circumcision groups, including a local organization planning a demonstration at the hospital Friday.

"It's a big deal," Delgado said Wednesday, in her attorney's office. "In the future, he's going to ask why his dad is one way and he's different."

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