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    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.

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    Ugh. I know I'm a jerk for saying this, but I don't think she should be allowed to do this, and I am a bigger jerk by saying that I also don't think they should do sex change operations.

    I'm sorry, I just don't.

    I think a psychological disorder like hers should be treated psychologically, not physically.
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    Doctors take an oath to 'first do no harm'. I cannot imagine any scenario where a doctor could intentionally irreparably injure a patient because it's what the patient wants, no matter what kind of psychological disorder they have.
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    Quote Originally Posted by ClairesMommy View Post
    Doctors take an oath to 'first do no harm'. I cannot imagine any scenario where a doctor could intentionally irreparably injure a patient because it's what the patient wants, no matter what kind of psychological disorder they have.
    I thought this too at first, but unfortunately she's right...chopping off a man's penis because he didn't want it anymore is an example of just that.

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    This is my thought. She is asking to be given a permanent disability. Is being a woman a disability? Last time I checked it wasnt, so I dont think the two are comparable.
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    In sex change operations, they don't chop off the penis & toss it; they re-fashion it into a vagina.

    I don't think the comparison is the same at all. Transgendered people don't have a psychological disorder; they have the wrong body. Surgery corrects that biological mistake, and surgery is the only way to "treat" the problem, and they still end up with a perfectly normal fully-functional body.

    This woman has a psychological disorder for the which the best treatment is psychological help. Surgery would leave her with an abnormal, non-functioning body, and that is not what medicine and doctors are supposed to do. Being left a parapeligic is supposed to be the sad result of whatever else they're trying to fix, not the anticipated end result.
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    No. Just no. If she couldn't afford the 16k who the hell does she expect to foot the bill for her incredibly costly lifelong care? She needs psych help stat.

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    Quote Originally Posted by ftmom View Post
    This is my thought. She is asking to be given a permanent disability. Is being a woman a disability? Last time I checked it wasnt, so I dont think the two are comparable.
    I'm sorry but cutting off your penis doesn't make you a woman...it makes you a man without a penis,psychologically making you feel more like a woman.
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    Quote Originally Posted by KimPossible View Post
    I'm sorry but cutting off your penis doesn't make you a woman...it makes you a man without a penis,psychologically making you feel more like a woman.
    I agree. It doesn't make you fully functional either. You never get the full functionality of the other gender.
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