Nurse Who Caused Baby Boy to Bleed to Death After Botched Home Circumcision Walks Free from Court

Steve Robson, Daily Mail (London), February 9, 2013

A midwife who caused a four-week-old baby to bleed to death in a botched home circumcision operation walked free from court yesterday.

Grace Adeleye, 67, carried out the procedure on Goodluck Caubergs without anaesthetic, using only a pair of scissors, forceps and olive oil.

Grace Adeleye

Grace Adeleye

The nurse, originally from Nigeria, had been paid £100 to perform the operation at the home in Chadderton, Greater Manchester, using a traditional African method known as ‘clamp and cut’.

But it went drastically wrong leaving the child with a serious wound and causing him to bleed to death despite the efforts of doctors at Royal Oldham hospital to save him.

Adeleye was found guilty of manslaughter by gross negligence after a trial at Manchester Crown Court and was given a 21 month suspended jail term yesterday.

Justice Keith Lindblom said the boy’s death had been ‘wholly unneccesary’.

‘It was a tragedy, he was a perfectly healthy baby, he was not ill he had no need of medical care and he would not have died if you had acted with their care expected of you as a nurse,’ he said.

‘No sentence would bring him back or ease the grief his family must ensure, the pain of losing him will stay with them what the rest of their lives.

‘His mother said it was a tragic accident but says she can’t find it in herself to wish you any ill feeling or that you be sent to prison. I accept that you showed genuine remorse for his death.’

The court heard how Adeleye had set herself up as a mobile circumcision ‘clinic’ for Christian parents – many who had no idea the simple procedure is available on the NHS.

She had previously carried out 1,000 similar procedures in Nigeria and in the UK earned £100 a time for her legal ‘home ops’ during which she would say traditional prayers.

It emerged during the trial that up to three children a month are admitted to the Royal Manchester Children’s Hospital due to bleeding after home-based circumcisions.

The case has led for calls for mobile circumcision clinics to be made illegal.

Police investigated after it emerged Adeleye ignored risks involved in the operation and experts said her standard of care was ‘woefully inadequate’.

The tragedy occurred shortly after Goodluck was born in March 2010 and the family moved to Chadderton, near Oldham.

Adeleye carried out the operation after being introduced to the family through a friend as she had performed many circumcisions over the years and offered her ‘experience and skill’.

When she arrived at the family home at 5pm on April 16 2010, Goodluck was sleeping in his cot in the living room but was transferred onto a low table in the living room.

Adeleye brought her ‘instruments’ out of her handbag and dipped a pair of scissors into the water in a kidney dish – then carried out the procedure without any pain relief for Goodluck while his mother Sylvia Attiko closed her eyes.

Adeleye then cleaned the wound with cotton wool and applied a bandage but it was still bleeding when she left 40 minutes later.

Goodluck’s parents, who had no medical training, called Adeleye later when the bleeding continued but was told it was ‘normal’ and ‘not a problem’.

When the bleeding still hadn’t stopped the following morning, the baby was rushed to Royal Oldham Hospital just a mile from the family’s home where he died. Post-mortem tests found Goodluck died from blood loss.

Mrs Attiko burst into tears as she relived the operation and told the jury: ‘She said I could close my eyes if I could not bear to look but Goodluck was upset. He was crying.’

‘I was feeling the pain he was going through. She just said it was a normal thing he would calm down. She said I should breastfeed him to calm him down.’

Adeleye, of Sarnia Court, Salford, denied wrongdoing. The mother-of-six said she had had no such problems before and had performed circumcisions on her two grandsons.

In mitigation defence counsel Mr Peter Wright QC said Adeleye had not performed any similar operations since the tragedy and had retired from nursing.

He added: ‘Home circumcisions are not illegal or unlawfully criminal and on this particular and isolated occasion has been characterised as circumstances of the most tragic sort.

‘The harm here is plainly of the highest but it appears to be a wholly isolated incident. There is an inability upon her to comprehend how a procedure undertook so many times that went so badly wrong.’

Most circumcisions in the UK are done for religious reasons but currently no formal qualifications are required to perform the operation.

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  • Sam

    Maybe the court felt she had done the country a service–one less low IQ welfare recipient to be!

  • sbuffalonative

    Circumcision is a barbaric practice performed by anyone anywhere.

    Evolution gave men foreskin. Why don’t we cut out the pre-breast tissue of young girls so they won’t run the risk of developing breast cancer later in life? The feminists would be up in arms. But we don’t have any problem mutilating non-consenting newborn males.

    If you have problems later in life as an informed adult, get it done. Otherwise, leave it alone.

    • jambi19

      Your breast cancer point is actually a valid argument I have never heard before. This coming from a pro circumcision individual, I accept it as a cultural and religious practice. I feel the decision remains at the preference to the parents. Religious, cosmetic and prophylatic reasons to favor/not favor circumcision should be respected. Mind you, my culture doesn’t practice stone age medicine like in Nigeria. What this person did is barbaric, irresponsible and reprehensible.

      • dd121

        Except it’s not quite as simple as clamp and snip.

        • StillModerated

          I’m quite surprised she didn’t use a busted beer bottle. Oh wait! That’s right! The bottle gig is for Somalis. Nigerians are much more sophisticated.

          • Michael_C_Scott

            Rusty can lid.

          • Flossie

            She must have cut into something other than the foreskin. I’m no expert, but surely there isn’t anything you could do to the foreskin alone that would cause a baby to bleed to death.

      • IstvanIN

        We have out grown other backward “cultural” and “religious” practices.

        • jambi19

          Looking at the current state of Western Culture, many arguments can be made that we as a society are in fact devolving into third-world. Circumcision has been losing prominence over the past few decades anyway. Outlawing it would be a prototypical leftist authoritarian solution to the “backward cultural religious” practices.

        • Thomas Katt

          According to Jewish law, it is basically impossible for a gentile to break bread with a Jew without the Jew violating said commandments – unless the gentile is circumcised, in which case he can touch food, etc., without rendering it ‘treyf’ (unclean).

          This means that circumcised gentile males can act as servants in Jewish households without ritually contaminating everything they touch.

          Guess that’s a reason, huh?

          • Morris Thecat

            …I’m going to go have a cheeseburger

          • Sherman_McCoy

            A frightening reason. Hell, being born in the 50’s pretty much automatically meant being circumcised. When my four sons were born, I never thought about it, and so I had them done. God damn me and whoever made me think it was a good idea.

          • SintiriNikos

            You’re too hard on yourself, Sherman. You did what you thought was right and what you were used to and told is normal and right. Anyway, at least you had it done (I presume) by qualified people and not anybody off the street like the Nigerian woman in the article. I’m jealous of you, by the way. Four boys, way to go!

          • Sherman_McCoy

            Thanks. And one girl. Guess who runs the place?

          • SintiriNikos

            haha As long as they take care of sis and don’t torment her too much!

          • Flossie

            I remember reading some time back — sorry, I can’t remember where — that routine circumcision was promoted in the U.S. following WW2 to a large degree by Jewish physicians. And, for many decades, it was indeed performed routinely on newborn boys. Evidently the procedure has somewhat fallen from favor recently.

    • GM (Australia)

      Done properly circumcision is not a barbaric practice and whether it is done for religious reasons or otherwise it has been shown to help prevent the spread of sexually transmitted diseases.

      • sbuffalonative

        Mutilating (yes, that’s what it is) anyone, especially a child who can’t object, is barbaric.
        As I said, we don’t remove pre-breast tissue of girls to prevent the possibility of getting breast cancer later in life. Why not remove prostates of young boys while we’re at it to prevent the possibilty of developing prostate cancer later in life?
        As for sexually transmitted diseases. That falls in to the realm of personal responsibitliy. One partner for life or using condoms are responsible actions which will prevent STDs.

        My comments stand.

        • Morris Thecat

          breast implants are a form of mutilation too then.

      • Sherman_McCoy

        I dunno, GM. I think the benefits may have been oversold. The only one of which I am aware as having been proven beyond all doubt is that it prevents cancer of the penis, which hardly ever happens. I’ve also heard that it prevents cervical cancer in women, but keeping one’s wang clean inside the foreskin accomplishes the same thing.

        No, my real concern is that the unnecessary pain causes shock and psychological trauma to a newborn child for no good reason.

    • [Guest]

      The issue is that a white nation introduced into it a nonwhite person from an alien land who brought her backward culture with her.

      If circumcision were the issue, though, a closer analogy would be “female genital mutilation” (i.e., clitoridectomies). If the procedure is wrong, it doesn’t matter which race performs it.

      • Morris Thecat

        No, this was a nigerian bringing her alien culture to a White Nation.

      • Sherman_McCoy

        OK, but clitoridectomies are performed to rob the female child of any sexual pleasure later in life. And when was the last time you heard of ANY white person performing such a barbarous procedure?

    • Morris Thecat

      sounds like their are a couple of things you want to get off your chest

  • Richard from Vancouver

    Insanity! Insanity on so many levels. One look at this woman and I wouldn’t let her within 100 miles of my newborn son. An operation of this sort is unnecessary, but, if desired by the parents, should be performed in a hospital by a qualified medical practioner. No anesthetic, no hygenic instruments, none of the accoutrements of modern medicine. The parents of the little boy are so negligent: letting that woman perform the operation in the first place; and waiting all night to take him to a hospital thereby letting him bleed to death. The parents sound African judging by their. Poor Goodluck ran out of luck too early in life..

    • CharlesFinley

      Mighty generous of you to even call it a woman. Groid females are hideous beasts….unless they’re REALLY “watered down”.

      • Sherman_McCoy

        RIght with you there, Chuck!

        • CharlesFinley

          My man!

    • Tom_in_Miami

      The parents of this child should go to jail right along with the witch doctor.

      • Morris Thecat

        no, they should be sent back to nigeria where they came from

    • Morris Thecat

      calm down, it all has a happy ending… the baby was nigerian too

      http://gistpage.com.ng/?p=2099

      now then, feel better 🙂

  • The__Bobster

    Yeah, this is far better:

    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Briss

    In addition to milah (the actual circumcision) and priah, mentioned above, the Talmud (Mishnah Shabbat 19:2) mentions a third step, metzitzah (suction) as one of the steps involved in the circumcision rite. The above Talmud writes that a “Mohel (Circumciser) who does not suck, should be dismissed from practice”[14] [15].

    • sbuffalonative

      How about transmitting herpes during circumcision and having the child die:

      http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2012/03/06/baby-dies-circumcision-ritual-herpes_n_1322420.html

      • guest

        This is getting off topic, but…

        The ultra-orthodox do use direct contact with the mouth and it has resulted in a few needless deaths. All other Jews, including most Orthodox Jews, use modern medical procedures. Most Jewish circumcisions are done by urologists. The last two I’ve been to were done by a pediatric urologist, ie, someone who specializes in surgeries of infant and child penises. No one could be more qualified than that to do a safe circumcision.

        Circumcision may be barbaric and cruel and unnecessary, but at least Jewish circumcision, as practiced today, except for some crazy ultra-Orthodox communities, is done by medical professionals who know exactly what they are doing. Not like this Nigerian monster, who I wouldn’t trust to serve me breakfast.

    • Nate

      The jews seem to be equally as barbaric s the witchcraft obsessed voodoo worshiping africans!

  • The__Bobster

    I wonder if this beast does female circumcisions, too.

  • bigone4u

    The Nigerian mother comes to England, a country with free first world medical care, and she calls on a stone age witch doctor to deliver. You can take the African out of Africa but you can’t take Africa out of the African. Stone age people are more comfortable in a stone age environment.

    • So CAL Snowman

      They keep their hearts in Africa but their stomachs in Europe.

    • Yorkshireman.

      Circumcision may not be illegal but attacking a helpless baby boy with a pair of scissors certainly is. The baby bled to death so this ‘grace’ personage and both the parents who stood by and encouraged and condoned this murder should be arrested and tried in open court. This, of course, will be challenged because of ‘racism’ or criticism of ‘cultural’ traditions but the publicity may do some good. There are thousands of these Africans with similar uncivilised views living in UK and they are of no value to our society but are leeches on our benefits system and we English are, thanks to our government, obliged to support them.

      • Morris Thecat

        I would have to think that the family of the victim was from africa as well. Can you imagine a White British couple letting this thing into their house, let alone get near their child with a blade, let alone get near their child with a blade mumbling something about the way they do it back home in nigeria?…. “EDIT”…did a search, I was right, this was not an English child, this was a nigerian child…glad of that

        http://gistpage.com.ng/?p=2099

    • Persona Non Grovel

      I think “she” played linebacker in the NFL for a period of time. But it’s good to see this person have a second career in the circumcision industry. Too bad she’s not a felon because some poor unsuspecting employer would have to hire her. Can you imagine a felon with a pair of shears & an itch to circumcise White babies? Lock your doors and load your guns. Diversity can be deadly.

    • GM (Australia)

      Readers may be interested to know how “stone age” circumcision was practiced by Aboriginals before the arrival of Europeans. It was done on teenage boys as a right of passage, the instruments? Sharp rocks!

  • PBL

    Olive oil!? What mother would allow that!?

    Time to ban that ritual, for males as well as females.

    • StillModerated

      Olive oil does have healing properties. It’s much better than Desenex for getting rid of diaper rash.

  • The article says “The tragedy occurred shortly after Goodluck was born in March 2010 and the family moved to Chadderton, near Oldham.” Okay, so, where the heck were they before? Was he born in Britainistan? Or back in the old country?

  • Not Surprised

    Africans being savages, nothing new under the sun. Hopefully no whites let this woman near their son. FYI: “Goodluck” is a fairly common name for males in southern Africa, reflecting their witchcraft obsession with luck vs curses.

  • brengunn

    “Goodluck” That’s a misnomer if ever I heard one!

    Sorry, I couldn’t help myself.

    The practice is a relic from a more barbaric time and should be banned, and not just because of botched operations like this. We have foreskin for a reason, why should we cut it off for the invisible giant in the sky.

    • Nate

      Exactly, it’s ‘My Body, My Choice!’ Like the Feminists always say.

    • Sherman_McCoy

      Especially when according to St. Paul, the “invisible giant in the sky” requires no such thing.

  • I don’t think there is enough circulatory system development in the foreskin for circumcision to cause a baby to bleed to death if the penis is bandaged afterwards.

    However …. if she cut through the veins or arteries that supply the penis it would be very serious.

    In other words, she cut the entire tip of his penis off. She had no real clue what she was doing.

    • Michael_C_Scott

      Bingo!

      Severing the glans is a sure fire way to produce fatal blood loss.

  • Diamond_Lil

    There is no valid medical reason for this procedure. And there is no cultural or religious justification for intentionally hurting and disfiguring your baby.

  • StillModerated

    What was the ethnic background of the victim? And was the judge a member in good standing of UKIP?

    And why would anybody assume that Africans “have lots of experience?”

  • btm

    I can’t believe that these savages are actually allowed into western countries. I notice here in Australia, I am seeing more and more of these creatures walking around the streets and I wonder why? We never had any colony in Africa and IMO, we owe these savages nothing. I sometimes watch that American TV show Cops and I look at what the Police over there have to deal with as far as blacks are concerned, and I shudder to think that we are letting savages from the same genetic pool into Australia. Without segregation, I see no worthwhile future for whites in the USA, and if we are not careful, the same will apply here. I even think the UK is close to losing it like in the US.

    I am accused of being a racist all the time and it doesn’t bother me. I don’t wish harm on these people. I just wish that they would leave us white folk alone. Let blacks go and live their pathetic lives, but away from us. I owe blacks nothing. I have never owned a slave nor have any of my forefathers. I too came from a poor family, but we were taught right from wrong and grew up as responsible adults. I am sick and tired of hearing and reading about how disadvantaged people blames others (usually whites) for their lot in life.

    I simply can’t believe that this ape like woman was allowed to butcher that child the way she did, with the parents consent. The only positive thing about this story is that there is one less black in the UK to feed off the welfare train. Sickening.

    • GM (Australia)

      Slightly related; We visited a private medical facility recently, we got the distinct impression that the place was looking decidedly run down, the toilets were absolutely grotty. For the first time ever I noticed they were employing 3rd world staff. Coincidence?
      I think not.

  • Nothing like being ‘culturally sensitive’ and turning a ‘blind eye’ to avoid the appearance being racist.

    The fact that a baby died as result of being ‘culturally sensitive’–and the murderer given a pass…speaks mounds of the fear governments have holding people accountable for their actions—like everyone else; unless they are minorities.

    Pathetic.

  • LHathaway

    At least he was spared the life of growing up a boy without a wee-wee

  • LHathaway

    “There is no valid medical reason for this procedure”

    I think boys who have had the operation give women more pleasure cause they can have sex longer or something. Plus it looks less gross, I guess. It’s also said to be more sanitary by removing a safe haven for parasites.

    • Diamond_Lil

      Actually, it’s the complete opposite as far as men being able to have sex longer. Furthermore, cutting the penis transforms the natural shape which is that way for a very good reason – good for the woman. All this genital cutting has to do with reducing sexual pleasure. Being sanitary just takes being clean, thoroughly – that goes for both sexes.

    • freddy_hills

      Not to be too graphic, but the foreskin performs a very important sexual function of reducing friction and providing lubrication.

  • odious liberal

    Bantu witch doctor.

  • KenelmDigby

    That has to be the most unattractive female I’ve seen in my life.

    • freddy_hills

      Are you sure its a female?

  • Michael_C_Scott

    My first thought was “Since it wasn’t a British kid, who cares?”

    It turn’s out that has been my second and third thoughts as well.

    • SintiriNikos

      For me, it’s hard not to feel pity for an innocent child. Race has nothing to do with it. Even if I don’t know the little one.

      • Michael_C_Scott

        He’d have grown up to rape white girls. I have a daughter, and though she’s half-Japanese, she looks so much like me that it is very easy for me to see the larger picture. This “nurse” could have beaten the kid to death with a hammer for all I’d care. If you want sympathy for black males, go see Channon Christian, Missy McLaughlin or Rhonda Maloney and ask them what they think.

        I didn’t originally want to be such a Weltanschaungskrieger, but I’d have more sympathy for a puppy having its tail docked than that biological enemy of my blood. The kid couldn’t help being what he was, but since most suffering – and all death – is inevitable, I don’t worry about any of it. Being afraid of a certainty, after all, is just silly.

        If you must feel pity, feel it for the beautiful country this uninvited alien spawn violated by being born in Britian. His mother is still in heat, and by that I mean Parliament and city councils are still doing their level best to replace the white British population.

        Say not “race” but “species”. I am 3/16 American Indian (the rest Celtic and German) and my wife is Japanese; that’s race. Say instead “species”, and you’re closer to the mark.

        • SintiriNikos

          This is the way I see it, Michael. I don’t know you besides your racial background and the fact that you did some hard time. You may say you don’t care what fate this poor little infant met with, but I think you might feel differently if witnessing this in person. And if you feel different about such violence and cruelty if it’s done in person versus reading about it in a paper, then essentially you oppose it. Nobody knows what this kid would have become. He may have ended up being raised by Whites. He may not have turned out to be a rapist and criminal.

          I agree with you that the beautiful country that was once England should be pitied as the poor, innocent victims that were Channon Christian, Christopher Newsom and the myriad other who suffer violence at the hands of feral blacks. But pity, like love to me, is not a finite pie. There’s a little left for wee Goodluck who met a brutal, cruel end in his very short time in this world.

          What nation Amerind if I may ask?

          • Michael_C_Scott

            Cherokee and Tuscarora.

          • SintiriNikos

            Ahhh, Cherokee were perhaps my favorites in grade school. Sequoia and his syllabary always impressed me most among Indian accomplishments.

  • Joseph

    Well, Goodluck with that.

  • whiteyyyyy

    I bet she kept the money. NO REFUNDS. ( She’ll do the next one for free.)

  • [Guest]

    >>>…the boy’s death had been ‘wholly unneccesary’.

    The importation of the Third World into the UK and the US has been wholly unnecessary.

  • Katherine McChesney

    Blacks killing blacks.

  • David Ashton

    “Walks free”. Nothing new there.
    The UK can’t deport foreign criminals because they have a “right to a family life”. By that logic they shouldn’t even be in prison.

  • Michael_C_Scott

    Done properly, I think the practice is useful. but not for religious reasons, and I’m happy for it having been done to me. It makes us more “useful” in a certain manner.

    • SintiriNikos

      How so. I think I know what you mean but I’m dubious, Michael.

      • Michael_C_Scott

        It takes me about 45 minutes to an hour to get things “finished”.

        Circumcision – if done properly – allows the skin on the glans to become much more like that on your wrist. It makes it less sensitive, to be sure, but since the more the woman is enjoying things, the happier the man is, this is a good thing. If you make her *very* happy, she’ll want more, right?

        It isn’t “natural”, but neither is lasic surgery for nearsightedness (I wear glasses, as nearsightedness is useful for hobby work). Glasses aren’t “natural”, either.

        STDs are less common among women with circumcised partners, especially HPV, which causes cervical cancer in women.

        • SintiriNikos

          That’s definitely a plus, I mean who doesn’t want a better, longer time in the sack, right? I’m just not sure it’s been proven. I agree with the Lasik argument but the two aren’t the same, you’ll agree. Lasik corrects an impairment, whereas circumcision (if you are correct) is merely an improvement, and one that is not free of cost, ie. the pain it causes to the child.

  • SintiriNikos

    Poor little one’s good luck ran out, and too soon, despite his name. RIP, innocent child.

    One wonders how many of this woman’s circumcisions in Nigeria were botched, and swept under the rug. 100 pounds for 40 minutes of butchery, nice work if you can get it.

  • Ross Kardon

    In biblical times, circumcision was necessary because of poor sanitation. Today, this barbaric practice is now obsolete because of modern plumbing, flush toilets, baths, and showers.
    In fact, today even growing numbers of progressive Jews are against circumcision and have chosen to leave their sons intact. To learn more about Jews, themselves coming out against circumcision, google the words “Jews against circumcision.”

    • PesachPatriot

      I’m very glad that my parents didn’t retain ms. adelye’s services at my bris…I have a daughter but if I had a son I would have no problem having a professional trained mohel giving him the old slice off the top. The progressive jews against circumcision are the same anne frank dim bulb idealists that think the 2nd amendment should be repealed and mideast peace can be achieved by going into nablus and ramallah with flowers and singing kumbuya. I am glad that we have retained this barbaric little tradition. Its perfectly safe and hygienic and I seem to have turned out fine.

  • br549

    in nigeria, done the nigerian way, the job only pays about 100 skins a week, but you have a good chance to get a head.