Tired of being the target of mockery, 21-year-old Xiaomin, who was born with both male and female genitalia, traveled to Shenzhen from her hometown of Maoming seeking help to become a “real woman”. The Shenzhen ZS Medical Aesthetic Hospital yesterday offered Xiaomin, whose chromosomes show that she is of the female sex, a free operation, Nandu Daily reported.
Liu Jinhu, vice president of the hospital, explained that Xiaomin was born with female hermaphroditism. Based on studies of Xiaomin’s chromosomes, hormones, physical check-ups, her psychological sexual orientation, living style and hukou information, they decided that this would be the most suitable operation for her.
Yi Yaben, Xiaomin’s father, didn’t approve of the plan. He said he hoped Xiaomin would become a man who could be freed from mockery and humiliation.
“Being a girl is useless, but a man can be the bread earner for the family,” Yi said.
He eventually formed a more open mind about the situation after persuasion from doctors and family and because of Xiaomin’s strong desire to become a woman.
Acccording to the hospital, it takes about six months to complete Xiaomin’s operation. Liu said that after the operation, Xiaomin will essentially live a ‘normal woman’s life’, although she won’t be able to have a child.
By Lucy Liu
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