A FIVE-YEAR-OLD boy fled in terror on to a clinic’s roof for two hours after his mum took him to be circumcised.
The youngster ran out of the centre and scrambled up onto the top of the building where he stayed, refusing to climb down, for two hours.
Dr Anik Sutari said she had never seen anything like it in all of her years of practice in the city of Serang on the Indonesian island of Java.
She shared the photograph of the boy’s stunt on Facebook and admitted she had been stumped as to what to do.
Dr Sutari said: “Throughout my professional history, out of the 20 years I have been doing circumcisions and the thousands of children I have circumcised, this is the first time I’ve seen a child flee to the top of the roof.”
She and the boy’s parents had been reluctant to follow the frightened youngster onto the roof in case he tried to run away and fell.
[From] the thousands of children I have circumcised, this is the first time I’ve seen a child flee to the top of the roof
Dr Anik Sutari
Dr Sutari said that it was only after two hours that the parents thought to contact the boy’s schoolteacher who had a good relationship with him.
She added: “It’s true… As soon as the teacher comes, with a little persuasion finally the child wants to come down…
“And even more magical, the child walks himself to the circumcision clinic, and positioned himself for the procedure without being led or forced.”
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And Dr Sutari said the boy did not struggle, cry or even complain when she was finally able to circumcise him – three hours later than planned.
Most Indonesian boys are circumcised around the age of five.
The practice is particularly prevalent among Muslims who make up the vast majority of the islands’ population.
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