Parents Sue Over Toddler's Sex Surgery
16-month-old had male genitalia removed
By Newser Editors and Wire Services
Posted May 15, 2013 11:23 AM CDT
The lawsuit accuses hospitals of negligence and medical malpractice for not getting the patient's informed consent before surgery.   (?)

(Newser) – A couple is suing the state of South Carolina for what they say was a medically unnecessary sexual assignment surgery performed on a 16-month-old child they eventually adopted. The child was born in 2004 with both male and female genitalia and placed in state custody after the termination of parental rights, according to court papers filed Tuesday. At the age of 16 months, doctors removed the child's male genitalia, leaving the toddler with female parts; Pam and Mark Crawford said they knew their child was born with ambiguous genitalia and raised the child as a girl starting in 2006.

But about a year ago, their now-8-year-old told them he wanted to be raised as a boy. They supported the decision, allowing him to cut his hair short and wear boys' clothes. "The doctors knew that sex assignment surgeries on infants ... poses a significant risk of imposing a gender that is ultimately rejected by the patient," attorneys claim in the suit, which argues the optional surgery should have been delayed until the child was older and self-identified as male or female. The State reports that the Department of Social Services, a former director for the department, and doctors and the hospitals they worked at (which are accused of negligence and medical malpractice for not getting the patient's informed consent before surgery) are named as defendants. About one in every 2,000 children is born "intersex," or with ambiguous genitalia.

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Aug 27, 2015 3:37 PM CDT
These "parents" are ignoramous morons; they neglected to inquire from GOD what Spirit (male or female) their childs body inhabited! Had they truly and earnestly done so they would have gotten the correct answer and made the correct decision and all this frivolous litigation would be mute!
Aug 22, 2015 7:32 AM CDT
We're "supposed to be upset" about this when this story was put out without reporting what the child's GENETICS say it is. XY=Boy, XX=Girl, or anything else=genetically defective. Without that very necessary information, there is no story and no lawsuit. This is intentionally maliciously manipulative journalism. Ptooey on that.
Aug 22, 2015 1:13 AM CDT
He wasn't your child when the decision was made. Someone signed off on getting the surgery done. Dr.s do not just perform surgeries without a dozen signatures, tests and consents. Adoptive parents are just after money. There can be health issues associated with this condition, increased Cancer risks and all. Then again, even Non Hermaphrodite children can have Gender ID issues. Some want feminine clothes as a boy and "Tomboys" are now considered by some as having Gender crisis issues. I say BS. This crap is coming from people thinking that a kid is a kid until age 26!! Scoffs. I do agree on waiting for the child to decide when old enough though. Relative has this condition and the Adoptive Mom chose "Boy", well now the Man looks more feminine than most woman I know. Poor kid was paraded around during their Lawsuit...