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MEMPHIS, Tenn. (FOX13) -

A Memphis mother who is heartbroken after she  claims a doctor botched her infant son's circumcision, has contacted a lawyer and is considering a lawsuit.

Maggie Rhodes said she couldn't believe what happened when she took her three-month-old son Ashton to Christ Community Health Center on Broad Avenue for a circumcision in August.

A procedure that should have taken 20 minutes took a couple of hours.

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The circumcision turned into a disfigurement for her child.

Rhodes said her son could undergo surgery again early next year but she says she has no idea how she will explain what happened to her son when he's old enough to ask questions.

Organizers of the anti-circumcision organization called Intact America say parents like Rhodes should never have to explain a situation like this. Georgianne Chapin of Intact America calls circumcision inhumane and a violation of a defenseless child's human rights.

"It is not, not only not necessary but it is dangerous, risky and wrong to cut the genitals of a child," Chapin said. "That child cannot consent, it does nothing for his health, nothing for his well being, and puts in a terrible risk as this poor mother and her poor baby have found out.

"He will live with those consequences for the rest of his life," Chapin added. "Hopefully, hopefully other mothers and fathers will see that and say 'I'm not going to do that."

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