***Breaking News: UPDATE on The Fight to Save Chase***
On November 6, a Florida court decided that a healthy four year old boy will undergo an unnecessary, risky surgery at the insistence of his father. The boy's name is Chase and his mother is fighting a battle to save him.
According to court records, in December 2011, Heather Hironimus signed a parenting agreement which gave Chase's father, Dennis Nebus, permission to have their (then) baby boy circumcised. Four years later, Chase is still intact and happy.
Heather Hironimus realized over the years that removing Chase's foreskin was unnecessary, and as he became older the surgery, and anesthesia, were fraught with risks. She argues that the surgery is purely cosmetic and the parenting plan no longer pertains to a now older, and more aware, boy. Pediatric urologist, Charles Flack, told the judge that circumcision is not medically necessary.
Human rights advocates believe Chase's physical and mental health are at risk. He is aware of his body and does not want to have surgery on his genitals. Forcing a child to undergo cosmetic surgery is a violation of basic human rights and medical ethics. This is an unprecedented case worthy of media attention.
Donations for further legal measures can be made at: http://www.youcaring.com/other/saving-chase/259991