A teenage boy who said he was tired of being a boy was rushed to hospital after he cut his own testicles off. The 17-year-old boy who has been nicknamed as “Xiao Ming” told doctors that he desperately wanted to be a woman but did not have the money to get a sex change.
The teenager from Guangzhou, the capital of South China’s Guangdong Province, said to have drunk excess amount of alcohol before he anaesthetized himself and removed his testicles. The DIY surgery caused him to bleed badly and his friend – who nurses described as a “cross-dressing boy” – rushed him to the Sixth Affiliated Hospital of the Sun Yat-sen University.
Urology physician Ma Po tended to the boy and said he arrived with his testicles and epididymis – the tubes connecting the male reproductive organ – already removed. He was suffering from intense swelling and bleeding and was wheeled to the operation theatre for what was life-saving surgery.
Director Wang Zhongyang, head of the facility urology department said the boy kept repeating the phrase: “I don’t want to be a man; I want to be a woman.” The boy who has grown his hair long and also appeared to have taken on female characteristics. Moreover, he admitted to doctors that he had been shooting himself up with oestrogen in order to induce the sex change.
His decision to change his gender did not go well with his parents with whom he has since lost all contacts. However, he received regular support from a group of 58 other young men online, all of whom want a sex change but have no money for sexual reassignment surgery.
He stopped going to secondary school and had been working odd jobs in order to purchase medication such as oestrogen, which he started giving himself in March 2016.
He is in now stable condition after the operation but medics said that there was no way they would be able to reattach his severed testicles.
Director Wang said: “We respect the ideas and decisions of all patients, but I cannot emphasise enough how strongly I advise against self-administering oestrogen and performing surgery on oneself like the patient has done.”