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Death Follows Circumcision In California

Baby dies following circumcision

March 8, 2013, Sacramento CA

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Baby Brayden prior to circumcision. Photo credit: Facebook

Brayden Tyler Frazier died last week after circumcision may have placed him in a fight for his life, a fight he was unable to win.  Family members posted on Facebook the baby started bleeding uncontrollably after being circumcised. On March 6, the baby was transferred from a community hospital to the UC Davis Medical Center Neonatal Intensive Care Unit in Sacramento. According to a family friend, doctors attempted to use coagulants, platelets, and plasma to save his life after the baby was diagnosed with hemophilia.

The baby then started having uncontrollable seizures along with failure of his liver and kidneys. Doctors advised the family that they were not optimistic about his survival. All efforts to save the baby’s life were unsuccessful, and he succumbed to his wounds at 11 days old.

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Baby Brayden with family in intensive care after circumcision disaster. Photo credit: Facebook

Circumcision is a painful, risky and harmful cosmetic surgery. Some experts assert doctors have become complacent in ignoring these risks leading to complications and death. In response to this story the the American Academy of Pediatrics has stated that infants with hemophilia should not be circumcised, and in these cases the risks outweigh any potential benefits. AAP representatives stated that babies are not routinely tested for clotting disorders prior to circumcision, making it impossible to know which babies are at risk.

A study published by Thymos Journal of Boyhood Studies (THYMOS: Journal of Boyhood Studies, Vol. 4, No. 1, Spring 2010, Bollinger) concluded baby boys do die as a result of circumcision. The study estimated 117 neonatal circumcision-related deaths occur annually in the United States. Because infant circumcision is an elective cosmetic surgery, all of these deaths are avoidable.

Some medical experts scoff at studies claiming that a significant number of babies die after being circumcised. Doctors tend to attribute circumcision deaths to other causes. Grief-stricken parents may be unable to handle the guilt in that their decision to circumcise their child caused harm. Another possible motive for doctors to misreport cause of death would be to defend against medical malpractice lawsuits. Under-reporting infant deaths after circumcision may lead some to believe these incidents never happen.

The family stated through UC Davis spokesperson Phyllis Brown they believe the cause of death was not from circumcision, but refused to release further information. The hospital further stated, “The baby received the highest level of care, and we are deeply sorry for the family’s loss.”

The family also published this statement: “Our little guardian angel, Brayden Tyler Frazier, born February 25, 2013 entered into heaven on March 8, 2013. He is loved by his parents Ashley Arms and Krystian Frazier. He is also loved by grandparents Chris Arms, Will and Vera Haena, Maggie and Al Barner and Darin Frazier. As well as many loving great grandparents, aunts, uncles and cousins. We’ll forget you never, the child we had but never had and yet will have forever.” Published in Lodi News-Sentinel from March 13 to March 20, 2013

 

44 Responses to "Death Follows Circumcision In California"

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    January 20, 2017 - 9:34 am Reply

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  • AJ
    March 30, 2014 - 7:36 am Reply

    Dic can happen even with the best dr. Care, nova seven may have helped. But in a baby as young he was there’s no way to guarantee that DIC. Won’t start even if they do or do not have an inhibitor. He probably did & tile thin bleed far too much. That much bleeding in a baby will lead to a spontaneous brain hemorrhage . Cauterize the wound and direct pressure around the clock or clamps it might of slowed enough to let novo seven work. God bless his family.

  • don cintura
    March 25, 2013 - 9:02 pm Reply

    They mutilated a child’s penis. They gave him their gold standard. And then the child bled to death. I want to see the death certificate. What does it say? That it was “just one of those things”?

  • Frank McGinness
    March 16, 2013 - 1:29 am Reply

    The Vitamin K deficiency in newborns are bumped up with injection to 20,000 times normal. This should also be considered.

  • Joseph4GI
    March 13, 2013 - 8:00 pm Reply

    To those employing argumentum ad verecundiam, a paediatric haematologist/oncologist weighs in on a different blog:

    “Coagulation studies are not routinely done before many types of surgeries, including circumcisions. … Also coagulation studies are not a part of routine newborn screening tests.

    Coagulation is complex, and involves the platelet cell and a couple dozen chemicals / proteins, to clot when needed but also not to clot in inappropriate locations, or excessively, and to additionally reabsorb clots after they have done their jobs.

    Plus hemophilia isn’t a single disorder; there are two main types of “hemophilia” (deficiency of Factor 8 or Factor 9 ). But there are many other reasons to bleed excessively. However, a combination of several functional tests can narrow down the list of specific aspects of the coagulation system that need testing, in a given individual whose screening functional tests are abnormal, in order to identify what needs to be done to treat that individual’s bleeding/risk.

    However it is more complicated in newborns:

    1) Of the couple dozen chemicals, many are in different levels in newborns. For several reasons, some aspects of the newborn’s system are hypo-coagulable [blood won’t clot] while others are hyper-coagulable [blood clots very easily] and it generally balances out. So there are different normal ranges for results in infants.

    2) Most tests of the coagulation system involve drawing blood from a vein or artery and simultaneously mixing it with anticoagulants (different anticoagulants for different tests). These tests also involve a relatively large amount of blood.

    Additionally the tissue factors, that trigger the initiation of the clotting system in injuries, are released from a heel stick and affect clotting studies.

    3) It is however easy to do extensive or specific coagulation tests in newborns.

    When planned, the blood is correctly drawn at delivery from the umbilical cord, taking the blood otherwise left in the placenta… This can be planned when a family history [of haemophila] is present or there are other reasons to test.

    Surgeries / procedures that have no medical necessity, [such as] circumcision, should not be done.”

    http://circumstitionsnews.blogspot.jp/2013/03/sacramento-another-circumcision-death.html

  • Joseph4GI
    March 13, 2013 - 7:59 pm Reply

    To all the “family friends” trying to “set us straight,” here, Brayden’s grandfather commented on my blog. (He tried to “set me straight” too.)

    WHATEVER the child had, the doctors knew about it a full 2 days in advance.

    According to Brayden’s grandfather, the boy was having trouble healing from other wounds, and took at least two days to fully heal.

    KNOWING THIS, the doctors proceeded with a circumcision anyway.

    Now they want to say that “circumcision could have saved his life” because it’s what “found” what Brayden had?

    What absolute hogwash!

    Here, we have an example of a hospital desperate to avoid a lawsuit, feeding the parents absolute twaddle to save their own skins.

    And the parents, not wanting to feel responsible for a “choice” they made, bought it line, hook and sinker, and want everyone else to believe this same story, despite what they’ve already posted publicly.

    Seriously folks, the more apologetics I hear from this family and friends, the less respect I have for them.

    I realize a baby boy died, and families need to grieve, but PLEASE people. Have respect for this boy and STOP LYING ABOUT HIS DEATH for YOUR OWN SAKES.

    The evidence is the words out of Brayden’s family’s own mouths.

    It is not libelous or slanderous to hold people to their own words.

    Visit my blog, and look at the commentary left by Brayden’s grandfather here:

    http://joseph4gi.blogspot.jp/2013/03/circumcision-death-yet-another-one-i.html

  • Stop cutting babies
    March 13, 2013 - 7:00 pm Reply

    It seems like some want to argue over minor points, who cares if the baby had hemophilia or another clotting disorder. The AAP does not recommend circumcision in either case. It seems like the family is trying to backtrack, first they said the baby had hemophilia, now they say its something else. To claim circumcision was potentially “lifesaving” is out of touch with reality. Don’t run from the facts, the baby was circumcised, now he’s dead. There is no way the baby was helped by cutting his genitals.

    Circumcision is cruel and barbaric, anyone who tries to cover this up is pathetic.

  • James Loewen
    March 13, 2013 - 3:16 pm Reply

    Much appreciation for this post. The sooner all parents understand that death is a risk of circumcision, that circumcision is brutally cruel and damaging to the well being of the child and to normal sexual health and function, the sooner this sick form of child abuse comes to an end.

    I hope the family of this child are able to gather themselves after they grieve and make this very public, and sue the so-called “doctor” and hospital responsible for this.

    • Mary Conant
      March 13, 2013 - 4:26 pm Reply

      The mother of Brayden and others close to the family are now saying that the doctors have told them that the circumcision was potentially life SAVING! The circumcision revealed he had a clotting disorder. If the doctors had saved him, that discovery properly managed would have prevented him from “dying in his sleep” at a later time if it had remained unknown. I shouldn’t be gobsmacked by any nutty logic, sad defense mechanism, or wacky belief related to circumcision, but indeed I am today. Part of this can be attributed to the grieving process–it’s all still very raw for them and they are clinging to anything that mitigates the pain.

      • Joseph4GI
        March 13, 2013 - 7:52 pm Reply

        So they couldn’t perform other tests to test him for hemophilia, or whatever bleeding disorder he had. (Call it what you want to call it.)

        The had to cut part of his penis off to find out.

        Can we say, QUACK?

      • noelani
        March 22, 2014 - 11:11 pm Reply

        The doctors are only saying that to cover their own backsides. There are a multitude of ways they can diagnose a bleeding disorder besides cutting off part of the baby’s penis. This is the DOCTORS’ fault, and I hope they sue the socks off of them. They should have at least told the parents that there were some babies who had bled to death after circumcision (or, better yet, refused to perform circumcision, on that basis). The “informed consent” forms I have seen always say that bleeding is a possible complication, but that it is easily controlled. If the form had said “SOME BABIES BLEED TO DEATH after circumcision”, and the parents said “Oh well, we’ll take the chance that our son might bleed to death” it would be partly the parents’ fault. I’m sure they were not told, so it is NOT their fault. My heart goes out to them!

  • CircEsAdreim
    March 13, 2013 - 6:30 am Reply

    [quote]Do not understand the management of such a routine surgery for a baby with hemophilia!?[/quote]

    Perhaps the better question should be: “Do not understand the continued practice of this medically unethical procedure”

  • Frank McGinness
    March 13, 2013 - 4:09 am Reply

    The grandfather reports not hemophilia but DIC. Disseminated intravascular coagulation (DIC): MedlinePlus Medical …
    http://www.nlm.nih.gov/medlineplus/ency/article/000573.htm

    I would think given the likely trauma to internal organs (Dr. John Taylor’s October 2009 Newsletter) with DIC responding would really be the whole of this blood disorder. Um, let’s also consider the Vitamin K injection.

    ” there is a rare liver disease (called Hemorrhagic Disease) that occurs approximately about 5 out of 100,000 births – the answer the CDC has come up with to tackle this rare bleeding trauma is to inject all infants with 20,000 times the newborn level of vitamin k.” http://blindedbythelightt.blogspot.com/search/label/vitamin%20k (Vitamin K )

    • Boys with hemophilia!
      March 13, 2013 - 4:59 am Reply

      Mismanagement of hemophilia ended up in DIC! Bleeding from circumsion with proper management…i.e. factor replacement therapy is very routine. Thoughts and prayers to the family!

  • Boys with hemophilia that were had circumcision.
    March 11, 2013 - 5:12 am Reply

    What coagulants were used? Factor 8 or 9 products? What specific type of hemophilia did he have? Why were platelets and plasma used? Did the baby develop an inhibitor….extremely rare if he did at that age? Many children that have hemophilia are circumcised. Children with hemophilia do have other minor surgeries also i.e. port-a-cath insertion. Do not understand the management of such a routine surgery for a baby with hemophilia!? Did the doctors use the right products? My thoughts, love and prayers go out to this family!! God Bless you!

    • Phyllis Brown
      March 13, 2013 - 12:04 am Reply

      The child’s circumcision had no relationship to his death. He did not bleed to death. He did not have hemophilia. This “story” suggests that the patient may have had a clotting disorder. He did not. His circumcision preceded his death but was not the cause of his death.

      • Then what was it
        March 13, 2013 - 6:58 pm Reply

        You just denied a number of statements that came directly from the grandfather and one of his friends, but you are not offering any different information. Would you be so kind to clarify your statement?

        And what about the loss of blood?

        And what about the seizures?

      • Cindy Drage
        March 15, 2013 - 11:05 pm Reply

        I’m sorry, but the cause of this event was circumcision and the effect was death. Plain and simple. Wake up people and stop this horrible practice. My heart goes out to the family and those that are grieving.

        • Boys with hemophilia that were had circumcision.
          March 16, 2013 - 4:50 am Reply

          Many hemophilia specialists will arrange for a circumcision to be done with another surgery that is needed i.e. port-a-cath insertion. This way circumcisions that are done for religious reasons in a child with hemophilia can do done successfully under supervision.

          • noelani
            March 22, 2014 - 9:32 pm

            Religious circumcisions are NOT done in an operating room! Hospital circumcision, by a physician, does NOT fulfill the Jewish custom of Brit Milah.

      • noelani
        March 23, 2014 - 4:21 am Reply

        So what so you believe WAS the cause of his death? Do you have any kind of evidence to explain why you would say what you did?

    • Caitlyn
      April 22, 2014 - 5:09 pm Reply

      Why would you knowing circumcise you children with hemophilia? I have a son with hemophilia also. Did you know circumcision is purely cosmetic. You sicken me as a human being.

      • Krys
        July 17, 2014 - 1:38 pm Reply

        First off. You sicken me! Where’s the proof the he passed away from circumcision?? A bullshit story by a site that only post stories that aren’t true to benefit their cause??! This is my son. He did not pass away from circumcision!!

        • WTF
          July 29, 2014 - 1:45 pm Reply

          Oh wow, you are too stuck up to admit his death was in fact your fault. You going to circumcise all your other boys? Kill them too?

        • CircEsAdreim
          July 29, 2014 - 10:45 pm Reply

          [quote]First off. You sicken me! Where’s the proof the he passed away from circumcision?? A bullshit story by a site that only post stories that aren’t true to benefit their cause??! This is my son. He did not pass away from circumcision!![/quote]

          You know what’s sick? That people think it’s acceptable to skin the healthy, normal, natural, functional genitalia of a human being without their consent. If your child hadn’t been mutilated, he would still be alive. So YES, circumcision killed him. And to make matters worth, it was totally unnecessary and preventable. You suffer from a profound disconnect with reality and willful denial. I hope to god you wake up before you make another baby and hand him over for the cutting board treatment again.

          • CircEsAdreim
            July 29, 2014 - 10:46 pm

            *worse

      • Frank McGinness
        July 29, 2014 - 10:08 pm Reply

        Let’s remember those harmed and dead from circumcision Dia de los Muertos. Bay Area Intactivists do this at Garfield Park in San Francisco.

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