A doctor in Tennessee has admitted to performing the wrong procedure on a newborn baby without consent, and now the child’s parents are unsure of the infant’s future.
Nate was born at the University Medical Center in Lebanon , Tenn., and was “perfect, healthy and beautiful,” according to the child’s mother, Jennifer Melton.
Shortly after Nate’s birth, an employee at the hospital took the infant for what Melton thought was a routine physical.
The procedure performed on Nate was an frenectomy, which in this case was the cutting of the flap located under Nate’s tongue.
This is done, usually on a newborn, when there is a restriction of movement of the tongue, therefore allowing more mobility. However, Nate’s tongue was normal.
“Essentially they took our child who was healthy from the room and cut his mouth,” said Melton to WTVF.