A teenager was rushed to hospital in Zimbabwe when he attempted to circumcise himself using a machete after his friends mocked his penis.
The teen attempted the DIY circumcision using the nearest sharp object he could find after his friends told him he would not get a girlfriend because he still had his foreskin in tact.
The boy was rushed to St Luke’s Mission Hospital in the country’s Lupane District, where he spent two days recovering from the botched procedure, according to the Daily Mail.
Staff at the clinic also carried out the circumcision operation that the boy had attempted on himself.
A doctor said he did not understand why the boy had tried to circumcise himself as healthcare workers would have visited his house to perform the routine op.
Dr Nyasha Masuka, medical director of Matabeleland North Province, told news website My Zimbabwe: “It seems the other boys were laughing at him for not being circumcised so he used a machete to circumcise himself and he injured himself in the process.’
“He was rushed to St Lukes Hospital where the health staff circumcised him.”
Dr George Mature, medical officer for Lupane district, said other patients at the hospital were ‘shocked’ that the boy had had the courage to take the weapon to his own penis.
He said: “The patients who were admitted with him were wondering how he managed to do it.
“The good thing is that he wounded the outer layer of foreskin. So we had to keep him at the hospital to monitor him as he had used a clinically inappropriate tool so we were worried that it could have caused an infection.”
The incident comes less than a month after a 10-year-old boy had the tip of his penis chopped off after a routine circumcision operation went horribly wrong.
The boy, who has not been named, was rushed to a hospital in the Malaysian capital, Kuala Lumpur, after the incident at a clinic in a local suburb, which it is believed the surgeon’s laser scalpel might have slipped.