A four-week-old baby tragically bled to death after a nurse was paid £100 to perform a home circumcision with scissors in Oldham, Manchester Crown Court has heard.
Goodluck Caubergs’ Nigerian parents were not aware the procedure was available on the NHs when they asked Grace Adeleye, of Sarnia Court, Salford, to circumcise their son, the court were told.
The boy died on April 17 2010, just 27 days after being born, and a jury is set to decide if she is guilty of manslaughter by gross negligence – Adeleye denies the charge.
Prosecuting lawyer Adrian Darbishire QC told the jury: “The allegation is that the care Adeleye provided in the course of that procedure was so bad that not only did it cause the death of that young baby wholly unnecessarily, but it amounted to gross negligence and a crime.”
Circumcision is traditional in Nigerian Christian families, but the botched procedure ended in catastrophic circumstances – The Royal Oldham Hospital is just a mile-and-a-half away from their Chadderton home.
Goodluck’s father brought the 66-year-old nurse to their home the day before his death – Adeleye performed the procedure without anaesthetic and asked for olive oil and warm water.
“Goodluck had had local pain relief at this point and that is not how this should be done,” Mr Darbishire added.
“By the time Sylvia opened her eyes the operation was over.
“She could see the foreskin between the blades of the scissors.”
The court heard how the youngster cried heavily but Adeleye told the parents that this is normal.
Losing just one sixth of a pint of blood for a new-born baby can be fatal and a post-mortem examination found that Goodluck had died through severe bleeding as a result of the procedure.
Mr Darbishire said: “Goodluck’s death was wholly unnecessary as he bled to death over a period of many hours when life-saving medical assistance was minutes away.”