Should this woman be allowed to have surgery to become a paraplegic if that is what she wants? She compares it to transgender surgery... do you think it is the same thing? Why or why not?
In places where the government pays for transgender surgery should this surgery be covered too?
BEING stuck in a wheelchair and forced to wear leg braces is most people?s idea of hell ? but not for Chloe Jennings-White.
The able-bodied 58-year-old longs to be PARAPLEGIC. She even wants to have totally unnecessary spinal surgery to stop her legs working.
Not even Chloe understood her strange, long-held desire until five years ago.
That is when she was diagnosed with Body Integrity Identity Disorder.
It is a very rare psychological condition. BIID makes sufferers feel they want to be disabled.
At home Chloe uses a wheelchair, even though she can walk. But that is not going far enough for her.
Speaking exclusively to The Sun, Chloe says: ?My dream is to find a surgeon who will operate on my spine to stop my legs working.?
In 2010 she found an overseas doctor willing to cut her sciatic and femoral nerves, meaning she would lose all sensation in her legs, but at ?16,000 it was way beyond her means.
She says: ?I?ll never be able to afford it, but I know I won?t regret it if I ever can, and I don?t know why it upsets people.
?It?s the same as a transsexual man having his penis cut off. It?s never coming back, but they know it?s what they want.?
Chloe has now bought a wheelchair on the internet and uses it to go about her everyday life.