13-year-old Egyptian girl dies from ‘shock trauma’ during circumcision

Suhair al-Bata’a, a 13-year-old Egyptian girl, died on Thursday during a circumcision operation at a village in the Daqahliya governorate northeast of Cairo, Al Arabiya reported Monday.

“We left our daughter with the doctor and the nurse. Fifteen minutes later, the nurse took my daughter out of the operation room to a nearby room, along with three other girls whom the doctor was circumcising,” Mohammed Ibrahim told Egyptian daily al-Masry al-Youm.


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“I waited half an hour, hoping that my daughter would wake up, but, unfortunately, unlike the rest of the girls, she did not,” he said.

“I want nothing but to hold the doctor accountable and to have justice for my daughter,” the girl’s mother, Hasanat Naeem Fawzy, told the newspaper.

A health inspector report said the cause of the death was due to “a sharp drop in blood pressure resulting from shock trauma,” the family’s lawyer, Abdel Salam, told al-Masry al-Youm.

Egypt’s National Council for Women condemned the “extreme savagery” of female genital mutilation (FGM), calling on the government to punish whoever is responsible for Suhair’s death, Al Arabiya reported.

UNICEF Egypt has also condemned the incident, saying FGM has neither medical nor religious justification, Al Arabiya reported.

Egypt criminalized FGM in 1996, but many families still illegally circumcise their daughters.

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