Male sex chromosome found in Guangdong girl's body

17:01, August 27, 2010      

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Xiaodi, a teenage girl who was found to be physiologically a boy at age 15, received a sex change operation at Zhujiang Hospital in Guangdong yesterday.

Xiaodi has white skin, a soft voice and a beautiful appearance. It's hard to image she is a boy. Her father said Xiaodi's genitalia were not so clear and all the family members thought she was a girl when she was born. When she was 1 years old, her parent found male genitalia on her body. When they took her to the hospital, the doctor in the small local hospital could not tell either.

Last month, Xiaodi and her parent came to Zhujiang Hospital. She was made a definite diagnosis of pseudo-hermaphroditism, which is where a person is born with genitalia that contradicts other physical characteristics associated with a particular sex. According to tests, Xiaodi does not have a vagina, uterus or ovaries. However, testes were found in her abdominal cavity and her sex chromosome is XY, which indicates she is male.

According to Liu Chunxiao, the director of urinary surgery in Zhujiang Hospital, Xiaodi has got a male physiologically sex and a female psychological gender. Her family and her friends also consider her to be a girl.

Finally, Xiaodi decided to be a girl to maintain her socially identified gender.

By Wang Qianyuanxue, People's Daily Online


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