Nigerian baby dies in Italy after failed home circumcision

A newly-born baby of Nigerian parents has died in Italy after a botched home circumcision, local media report.

Italian news agency said the baby, who was only a few weeks old, was found dead at home in Genoa, a port city in north-western Italy.

The incident was reported to emergency services by the baby’s Nigerian mother and grandmother.

“The events took place overnight. The two women have been taken in for questioning by Police amid suspicions that a third person attempted the circumcision,’’ the agency said.

A 5-month-old boy from a Ghanaian family, living in northern Italy, died on March 25 in the hospital after his parents tried a home circumcision.

Migrants have resorted to performing circumcision on their own or employing the services of unlicensed doctors as price for circumcision in hospitals and maternity centres soar.

A paediatrician and representative of the Islamic Centre of Rome, Mustafa Qaddurah, said “the only solution’’ is for the state to pay for the operations.