A rabbi is being sued for severing a newborn baby's penis during a circumcision ceremony.
According to the Huffington Post, the child had to have micro-surgery, needed six blood transfusions and was in hospital for two months after the botched Jewish ritual.
Rabbi Mordechai Rosenberg performed the ceremony at The Tree Of Life Synagogue in Pittsburgh earlier this year.
The parents, who want to remain anonymous to protect the identity of their son, have launched a civil lawsuit against the Rabbi claiming he acted with "total disregard for the child and caused catastrophic and life-changing injury".
Rabbi Rosenberg, who still "practising" said he was a "trained mohel" (Jewish circumciser) and that having a doctor perform the ritual was unethical.
He said he was well-trained and the this case was just "a tragic accident".
The newborn was rushed to the Pittsburgh Children's Hospital where doctors performed surgery for eight hours to reattach the dismembered penis.
Plastic surgeon Doctor Joe Losee said it appeared the procedure had been successful.
"Sometimes, it doesn't always work," he told CBS. "When you're reattaching a portion where you include nerves, sometimes the nerves don't heal well beyond where you reattached it. So there are limitations for sure."
The circumcision, known by Jews as Bris, is a religious ceremony to remove the foreskin of an eight-day old boy.
Lawyer David Llewellyn, who handles lawsuits over botched circumcisions by both mohels and doctors, said Bris services were usually unregulated.
"There's virtually no regulation of this any place in the United States that I know of," Mr Llewellyn said. "Your average pediatric urologist probably spends about 20 per cent of his or her time repairing children who have been circumcised."