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Nightmarish search for circumcision answers continues

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DOWNTOWN MEMPHIS, Tenn. (FOX13) -

One million circumcisions are performed in the United States each year. Doctors say it's a routine surgery.

What was supposed to be a routine surgery in August 2013 for the Rhodes family of Memphis has now turned into a nightmarish search for answers, so far with no luck.

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It's been five months since Maggie Rhodes took her baby son Ashton to be circumcised at the Christ Community Health Center on Broad Avenue. So far Rhodes and her family still don't know how a routine procedure went horribly wrong.

"I just want answers, like why did this happen," she said.

Rhodes and Shelby County Commissioner Henri Brooks had hoped to meet with representatives of CCHC and County Commission Chairman James Harvey Thursday morning but those representatives didn't show up. They had hoped to question the top managers and executives of Christ Community about what happened that day.

"She wants answers and I want answers," Commissioner Brooks said. "A three-month-old had been maimed and I just found out today that the child is still in pain."
 
Both the commissioner and Rhodes want to  know who performed the surgery, were they licensed, and is the clinic credentialed to perform this kind of procedure.

"We have to make sure this place is safe for all the babies that go there and the adults that depend on this place for their health care," Commissioner Brooks said.
 
Rhodes said baby Ashton is still in a lot of pain and wakes up crying at night. She's hoping a reconstruction surgery in April will help him on his path to recovery.
 
"It just hurts to even talk about it at this point," Rhodes said.

She'll keep searching for answers from the clinic she says she depended on, now a place too painful to even think about.

Commissioner Brooks is going to pursue getting answers in another way. A representative for the health center says HIPPA laws prevent them from speaking about this case, and that's why they were not at the meeting.

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