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A teen died after her parents sent her to a doctor who cut off part of her genitals in a religious ritual, according to police in Egypt.
17-year-old Mayar Mohamed Mousa and her twin sister underwent female genital mutilation.
Her sister survived the procedure, but Mousa suffered complications and died.
“The United Nations in Egypt, is deeply saddened by the tragic death of a young girl, Mayar Mohamed Mousa, in Suez Governorate, due to Female Genital Mutilation (FGM),” the United Nations said in a statement.
According to the police investigation, a registered doctor placed the twin girls under general anesthesia. The doctor then performed what is known as female circumcision on both girls in a private hospital.
Mousa died of complications caused by the female circumcision on Sunday.
The practice has been illegal in the country since 2008, but it is still a strong tradition in society as people see the procedure as a way to purify young girls.
An autopsy showed that the girl suffered blood clotting following the procedure. Officials said that the El Canal National Hospital, the facility in which the banned procedure was performed, was shut down.
During police questioning, Mousa's mother, a nurse at the El Canal National Hospital, denied that her daughter was circumcised, claiming that she had a different surgery before her death.
The incident was discovered by a health inspector who was called to check the girl’s cause of death. So far, the doctor has not been charged.