Surgeon to pay for making intersex teen a male

2009-08-15 00:00

COLOGNE — A surgeon was ordered to pay €100 000 in compensation this week for performing an operation that converted an intersex person (or hermaphrodite), into a man without consent more than 30 years ago.

Claimant Christiane V, who was born without defining gender characteristics, was 18 years old when her reproductive organs were removed without consent.

It was only during an appendix operation that the teenager, then called Thomas, was found to have a full set of female reproductive organs.

Until that point the child was thought to have mixed male-female genitals. In actual fact, the operation revealed a normal female anatomy. The judges ruled that the surgeon should have aborted the operation at this stage.

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