In the late ’90s, a paediatric surgical resident was called to the emergency department to examine a neonate for a potential complication after ritual circumcision. The resident confirmed complete gangrene of the penile body following the application of an unconfirmed chemical substance to stop bleeding. Complete amputation of the penile body occurred a few days later. The circumcision was performed by a physician who seemed to be a relative to the child. This resident was me. Similar cases of penile gangrene after circumcision are reported in the literature [1–3].