These are obviously not the best of times for 67-year-old Grace Adeleye. The old nurse got into trouble with the law when a circumcision she performed went awry hours after. She has since been found guilty of manslaughter over the botched circumcision.
She reportedly carried out the procedure on four-week-old Goodluck Caubergs at an address in Chadderton, Oldham, in April 2010. Incidentally, the nurse and the parents of the deceased child are from Nigeria.
The boy bled to death before he could reach hospital the following day.
Adeleye was found guilty of manslaughter by gross negligence at Manchester Crown Court by a jury of eight women and four men after deliberations that took about eight and a half hours.
Adeleye who has been in the UK since 2004 denied complicity told the jury that she had performed “more than 1,000” circumcision operations and nothing ever went wrong in any of them. She said after praying before the operation, as is her custom, she used the traditional Nigerian “clamp and cut” method, which she had used hundreds of times, without any painkillers for the child. The court was told that Adeleye, of Sarnia Court, Salford, collected the sum of £100 to do the operation.
And she told the jury that, when she left the boy with his parents, Sylvia Attiko and Olajunti Fatunla, there were no problems but warned them to monitor closely any bleeding from the wound.
The court was also told that she carried out the procedure using a pair of scissors, forceps and olive oil and without anaesthetic.
She had claimed there had been “no problem” when she left the infant and that his parents had been pleased with the operation.
It was stated in the court that when Goodluck’s parents had changed his nappy several hours later, they found a large amount of blood and phoned Adeleye, who simply told them to redress the wound.
Goodluck’s parents called an ambulance the following morning and he was taken to the Royal Oldham Hospital, where he died a short time later.
A spokesman for NHS Oldham disclosed that if the family had gone to the hospital and asked for a circumcision, “they would have been advised to go to an approved practitioner who would have charged £100, the same as Grace Adeleye”.
The Crown Prosecution Service’s Jane Wragg said the case “was not about the rights or wrongs of circumcision, but the grossly negligent way in which the procedure was undertaken”.
She also stated that “Goodluck Caubergs was a healthy little boy whose tragic death was wholly unnecessary. Goodluck died because the standard of care taken by Grace Adeleye in carrying out the circumcision fell far below the standard that should be applied.
She also failed to inform his parents of the risks and possible complications, which ultimately led to his tragic death,” she concluded.