Teen Performs C-Section in Bid for Record

Parents may lose medical licenses; officials launch probe of surgery
By Jonas Oransky,  Newser Staff
Posted Jun 21, 2007 2:21 PM CDT
Dr. K. Murugesan looks on at his clinic in Manaparai, near Trichy, 316 kilometers (198 miles) southwest of Chennai, India, Thursday, June 21, 2007. Murugesan's 15-year-old son Dhileepan Raj performed...   (Associated Press)
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(Newser) – A 15-year-old in southern India performed a Cesarean section so he could make the Guinness Book of Records as the world's youngest surgeon, the BBC reports. The boy's parents, both doctors, supervised and videotaped the operation on a 20-year-old patient. They later claimed he'd only assisted in the birth.

The authorities were not amused. A top official at the Indian Medical Association called the affair "shocking and extremely unethical," and state health authorities ordered a full investigation. The parents face possible disqualification as doctors. People in India are known for performing outlandish feats in the hopes of appearing in record books.