Wednesday, August 12, 2009

Hermaphrodite wins damage claim...

It has been reported that a surgeon will pay 100,000 euros (141,500 dollars) in compensation for performing an operation converting a hermaphrodite into a man without consent; more than 30 years ago.

Thomas and or Christiane V. was born without defining gender characteristics. When she hit puberty, her reproductive organs were surgically removed without prior information or consent. At age 18, Thomas (or Christiane) was receiving an appendix operation and doctors discovered her or his reproductive organs.

During this time, it was thought that Thomas (or Christiane) had mixed male-female genitals and an atrophied reproductive system. In fact, this operation revealed a normal female anatomy, including an intact womb and ovaries.

During the discovery, the "judges" ruled that the surgeon should have aborted the operation.

As a result, the doctor was found guility of unlawful intervention in 2008, but a second trial was needed to set the level of compensation.

For years, Christiane V. had considered herself a woman, despite being raised as a boy.

A medical expert had stated that, in 1977, it would have been possible for the Christiane to live as a woman, because certain medicines and sex change operations were available at the time.

The surgeon, who has now been found guilty on three separate occasions, has the option to appeal this verdict.

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