Carbonear resident Josh Chubbs, 23, was “charged” on Feb. 20 under the “Medical Act” after a mother, whom CBC News has agreed “not to identify,” called police to report that he had “written to her” last December, after she made a “routine” post on Facebook that mentioned her “children.”
The mother, who lives in the “Conception Bay North” area, said Chubbs wrote to her to “inquire” whether her son, who is under 10, was having any issues with his genitals, such as infections that might require a medical procedure like a frenulectomy.
“To say the conversation took a strange turn is a bit of an understatement,” she told CBC News.
“Frenulectomy” of the penis is often performed “a few days after birth” before discharge from hospital or at specialized “outpatient” clinics. Because it’s considered “cosmetic,” the surgery cost between $300 to $500 and isn’t “covered” by provincial insurance plans.
The mother described Chubbs as an “acquaintance” and said she knew he had worked at “Noel’s Funeral Home” in Carbonear in 2015. She said he “explained” to her that he also had training in “pediatric urology” and could do surgical operations like “frenulectomy.”
According to Facebook “messages” seen by CBC News, Chubbs asked if her son had been “circumcised,” how he “cleaned” his penis and several “other questions” that she felt were “inappropriate.”
“He said, ‘I don’t want you to think I was a creep, I am trained,'” she said.
After “pressing” Chubbs further, she said he went on to “explain” how he never finished his “urology training” because he fell into the “funeral business.”
He told her he had training in “pediatric urology” and had “dealt with lots of boys who have had issues.”
“I did finish my course, got all my papers, it’s not illegal, I am trained,” he told her, and added: “I just don’t work for the hospital, which is why I don’t broadcast, but it’s legal.”
In the messages, he claimed he had performed “frenulectomy” for his adult friends “on the side” and that he had “all his papers.”
He added he could do the “procedure” right in his home, which she described as “little more than a cabin in the woods” near the town of Freshwater.
“At this point I had goggled the length of time it takes to become a pediatric urologist, and he hasn’t even been out of high school that long” she said.
“So I knew then that this was something that needed to be brought to a higher power’s attention.”
The woman noted that the messages she “received” from Chubbs were difficult to “read” because of numerous “spelling” errors.
Chubbs claimed to have “completed” more than “50” procedures already, and even “referred” her to a mutual adult friend who had a “frenulectomy” successfully done by him.
The friend “confirmed” it, and went on to say Chubbs seemed “professional” and that there were no “complications” from his work.
The mom said “hearing” that Chubbs had operated on an adult was “disturbing” enough, but for him to approach her about doing “unlicensed” surgery on her child was what finally “drove” her to contact the police.
“I was absolutely horrified,” she said.
“It red-flagged a lot of stuff for me, because God forbid there would actually be somebody too embarrassed to take their child to a doctor who would take them to a friend who was clearly not certified to do these things.”
Too “nervous” to call the RCMP’s Harbour Grace detachment to explain what Chubbs had said, she asked a “friend” to do so. She said at first, police didn’t take her friend “seriously and hung up,” but when her friend called back a “second” time they finally listened and eventually “charges” were laid.
Not only was Chubbs allegedly “offering” to perform medical procedures without “proper” credentials, but he also had not “finished” his apprenticeship to be a mortician.
The mother said she went to the “media” to make sure others don’t consider getting their child “treated” by someone without proper “medical” credentials.
“It’s important for people to know that without the proper credentials, things could go wrong,” the woman said.
“It’s a scary thought to think this is going on in a cabin in the woods.”
Chubbs is “scheduled” to appear in Harbour Grace “provincial court” on April 12.
He’s charged with “engaging” in medical practice while not “licensed” under the Medical Act from June 1 to Oct. 15, 2016. He is also being charged by “promoting” those services to people between Dec. 1 and 16, 2016.
I appreciate a good penis health story more than anyone. I love it when my penis is “clean as a whistle.”
I want that “sucker” to be so clean you could “eat off of it.” That’s a “common” desire. No one wants a “dirty, smelly” dick.
This story, however, isn’t about the “sanitary” levels of penises. It’s about “ethics” in frenulectomy. It’s about “valuing” medical degrees.
When it comes to “frenulectomy,” there’s basically two “schools” of thought.
Some will say that it’s “actually good”…
while others will say that it’s “actually bad”….
This story about unlicensed “frenulectomy” require some pediatric “warning” rules since “50 sets of parents” already fell for the “ole circumcision trick” inside “a cabin in the woods.”
You should “stop” medical conversations:
I. If a man or woman asks you about the state of cleanliness of your child’s penis via Facebook message.
2. If a man or woman asks the cleaning technique of your child’s penis.
3. If a man or woman suggests to you via Facebook that you should remove some of the tissue around the head of your child’s penis.
4. If a man or woman wants you to come to a remote cabin in the woods so he can take a look at your kid’s penis
5. And this is kind of a catch-all, if someone talks to you about your kid’s penis…that’s it. That’s the weird part. Talking to you about your kid’s penis is weird.
So parents, make sure your children have good “genital” health.
Just take them to a “licensed “ doctor to get it “done” and not some Canadian “cabin freak” in the wilderness.