A toddler has died and his baby brother was left in a serious condition after undergoing circumcisions at a Perth clinic.
Police say the death of the two-year-old is not being treated as suspicious.
The boy’s brother underwent emergency surgery overnight, but has since been discharged from hospital.
“The death of the two-year-old boy is being treated as non-suspicious and a report will be prepared for the coroner,” a police spokesperson said. “It can be confirmed the boy underwent a medical procedure at a registered medical centre prior to his death.”
Circumcision is banned at Australian public hospitals unless it is required for medical reasons, although the surgery can be carried out at private clinics by a general practitioner. The two boys underwent the procedure at a private facility in Perth, according to 7 News.
According to the report, the boys were rushed from the medical facility to the Armadale hospital emergency department on Tuesday night following procedures. The two-year-old was pronounced dead on arrival, while the infant was rushed to Perth Children’s hospital to undergo emergency surgery. He has since been discharged, a hospital spokeswoman confirmed.
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