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At just eight days old, it would be a parent's worst nightmare in any other circumstance.

Their newborn – little more than a week into its life – on an operating table and under the knife to undergo life-changing surgery.

But "the cut" – or circumcision – of young boys has been a celebrated religious rite of passage ever since God's covenant in the Old Testament demanded that "every male who is eight days old must be circumcised".


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