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Egyptian prosecutors investigate the death of a girl during female genital mutilation

BMJ 2016; 353 doi: (Published 02 June 2016) Cite this as: BMJ 2016;353:i3133
  1. Owen Dyer
  1. Montreal

An Egyptian private hospital was closed and under investigation after a 17 year old girl died of a suspected stroke during female genital mutilation (FGM).

Mayar Mohamed Mousa was under full anaesthesia and the procedure was carried out by a licensed female physician in a Suez hospital. Mousa’s twin sister had just undergone the same operation—which is illegal in Egypt and carries criminal penalties for both doctors and parents.

Egypt remains the country with the most cases of FGM, despite a determined government campaign to stop it. A 2013 UNICEF report found that over 27 million girls and women had undergone FGM procedures in Egypt.1 The tradition is current among both Muslims and …

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