Youngest Teenager in the World to Undergo Sex Change Gets Talking about the surgery

by Savitha C Muppala on  February 9, 2009 at 11:37 AM General Health News   - G J E 4
Youngest Teenager in the World to Undergo Sex Change Gets Talking about the surgery
The youngest teenager in the world to undergo a sex change operation gets expressive about the surgery that changed her life.

German Kim Petras was born Tim but wanted to be a girl from the age of two.

The operation - conducted secretly last month - was authorised after psychologists confirmed that Kim was ''without doubt a girl in a boy's body''.

Kim, now aged 16, is famous in Germany for having started hormone replacement therapy as part of her gender transition by the age of 12.

''I was asked if I feel like a woman now - but the truth is I have always felt like a woman - I just ended up in the wrong body,'' the Sun quoted her, as saying.

''I can enjoy swimming, and bikinis, go in the changing rooms without a problem, everything has changed because of this operation. I just can't wait to put on my favourite bathing suit and go swimming like I've never done before.

''I had to wait until my 16th birthday but once that was past I was able legally to have the operation,'' she added.

Dr Bernd Meyenburg, who treats patients with identity disorders at the University of Frankfurt Hospital, said: ''Very few youth psychiatrists have any experience with transsexual developments. The families wander from one psychiatrist to the next.

''I was always against such operations on children so young but after seeing how happy one of my patients was and how well adjusted after returning from having the operation abroad while still a teenager - I realised that in some cases it is the right decision.

''Kim is such a case - she always knew what she wanted,'' Meyenburg added.

Kim has a modelling career behind her and has launched a CD of music to critical acclaim.

Source: ANI

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"The statement that anyone is trapped in the body of the opposite sex is ridiculous. This is a mental disorder."
No. The knowledge about intersex conditions shows that not only a penis is the only sex-detrmining factor, the brain is a sex-organ too. Cause the brain is the most important organ of a human it is possible that a girl is born with a penis and gonads. (Sometimes it would be good if doctors would use this most important organ)...But, by the way, the German doctor on wich the qutoe referres to never believed that transsexual girls are girls - he talked in an interview in 2008: "you see... this child has a penis, so it isn't a girl".

petepete Tuesday, February 10, 2009
The statement that anyone is trapped in the body of the opposite sex is ridiculous. This is a mental disorder. Even after having a sex change operation if the bones of this person were dug up hundreds of year from now they would still be identified as their original sex. I know this statement is seemingly politically incorrect but I am tired of seeing mental illness written off as "normal". This is what's wrong with the world. The attitude of " If I can say or do something, then it is so." I am tired of the liberal media writing off mental illness as "normal" and the medical community performing quetionable treatment just to see if it can be done.
holycow Monday, February 9, 2009
For me the circumstance raises a lot of questions pertaining to where ethical lines ought to be drawn when changing what one is born into this world with. On one hand, if one is born into the world with a curable disease, it is a common and excepted norm for treatment to be given. Some where on the other side of the spectrum is the change one's make up according to their sexual identity.

The line that stuck out to me is the quote from the psychologist saying that they were a girl stuck in a boys body. I would be interested in seeing more information about how that conclusion was drawn. Either way, even with gene therapy, the dna of the teenager is still that of a boy.

Jedbrown82 Monday, February 9, 2009