This is what the American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) says about catastrophic complications from circumcision, on the 2012 Policy Statement on Circumcision and Technical Report on Circumcision:
The majority of severe or even catastrophic
injuries are so infrequent as
to be reported as case reports (and
were therefore excluded from this
literature review). These rare complications
include glans or penile amputation,
198–206 transmission of herpes
simplex after mouth-to-penis contact
by a mohel (Jewish ritual circumcisers)
after circumcision,207–209 methicillinresistant
Staphylococcus aureus infection,
210 urethral cutaneous fistula,211
glans ischemia,212 and death.213
January 2, 2013. TURKEY: Boy loses penis in circumcision
February 14, 2013. BELGIUM: Male circumcision tied to less sexual pleasure
February 19, 2013. BRAZIL: Study: mortality of medical circumcision, one death in 7700
February 21, 2013. JAKARTA: 3 year old Boy with haemophilia bleeds after circumcision
February 28, 2013. JAKARTA: Mother kills 9 year old son after circumcision shrinks penis
March 5, 2013. Queens Infant Disfigured in 2011 Botched Bris, Lawsuit Charges
March 8, 2013. Baby bleeds after circumcision, suffers seizures and dies two days later. Hospital and family deny that circumcision was the cause.
March 16, 2013. UNITED STATES: More than $80 million paid out for botched circumcisions since 1985
April 6, 2013. NEW YORK. Two Infants Contract Herpes Following Circumcision and Metzitzah b'Peh.
May 29, 2013. CHICAGO: $1.3 million for botched circumcision, baby had the tip of the glans amputated during his circumcision in 2007
May 29, 2013. MOROCCO. A 3 year old child had part of the glans amputated during a hospital circumcision. This was reported online by the family, with a text in Arabic and a horrific youtube video (which was later deleted). The mother commented in our blog to let us know that a Canadian urologist had already seen the child and recommended long term follow up in case there was stenosis later, which may suggest that they were either able to re-attach or otherwise close the wound without further complications.
June 7, 2013. TEL AVIV. Baby Dies in Israeli Hospital following Circumcision. Rabbinate denies any connection with the procedure. Baby stopped breathing minutes after the circumcision.
June 10, 2013. EGYPT: Girl dies during circumcision at clinic
June 17, 2013. SAUDI ARABIA: Doctor who botched 7 circumcisions gets 6 months
June 20, 2013. SOUTH AFRICA: R2.2M for botched medical circumcision of a child in 2009. He suffered severe burning, infections and a loss of his normal penile tissue after the procedure.
July 7, 2013. CHINA: man loses penis after botched circumcision
July 8, 2013. 20 more die, nearly 300 in hospital in botched circumcisions in Eastern Cape, South Africa
5 men held for about 30 botched circumcision deaths in Eastern Cape, South Africa
UGANDA: Man loses penis in circumcision botch - July 2013
Boys forcefully circumcised in South Africa, several botched procedures
Surgery on intersex children could be unconstitutional - after sex reassignment of an intersex boy in State custody in S.C. (castration and amputation of penis)
Two more babies reported to have contracted Herpes after metzitzah b'peh during Jewish circumcision in NYC. August 2013
More men seeking legal advice after botched infant circumcisions in Australia.
4 year old boy dies after hospital circumcision in South Africa. August 2013
Nearly 80 boys and young men die after traditional circumcisions in South Africa. August 2013
UAE baby has penis partially cut off during circumcision. November 2013
UK Doctor accused of botching circumcision quits NHS - in order to perform circumcisions independently
Tennessee baby suffers amputation. August 2013. Reported November of 2013
November 28, 2013. A baby died during a medical circumcision in Afghanistan. The parents wanted to avoid the pain of a later circumcision without anesthesia. The anesthesia was improperly applied and the baby died as a consequence. This was only reported on a facebook post which was later deleted by the family.
Brooklyn Rabbi botched circumcision of baby with hypospadias. December 2009, reported December 2013.
Canadian Doctor barred from performing circumcisions after more than 80 botched procedures. Botched procedures recorded since 2010. News reported December 2013
Jewish baby in Pittsburgh has penis cut off during Jewish circumcision. April 2013. Reported December 2013