Doctor robbed me of my womanhood, German charges
A woman, 48, who was raised as a boy by mistake is this week suing for damages the German doctor who removed her womb when she was a teenager.
11 December 2007
Cologne, Germany (dpa) - A woman, 48, who was raised as a boy by mistake is this week suing for damages the German doctor who removed her womb when she was a teenager.
The plaintiff, a hospital orderly, says her early life was a ghastly mistake after doctors mistook an ambiguous body part as a male sexual organ when she was a baby.
She was named Thomas and registered as a boy and did not realise as a child that her state was intersexuality, a condition in which sex chromosomes are neither exclusively male nor female. She wants to be a woman.
Judges will have to decide at the start of the trial Wednesday in the western city of Cologne whether to call the plaintiff, who dresses as a woman, him or her.
She is suing a doctor, now retired, who surgically removed her female organs 30 years ago. She alleges she was not briefed beforehand about the implications or about intersexuality, a court spokesman said.
The plaintiff, who now goes by the female name Christiane, had a boy's appearance as a child and developed facial fair at puberty. The existence of her womb was only discovered during an appendix operation.
The suit alleges she was surgically converted to a man against her will.
She says she did not learn that intersexuality was possible till 2006. She obtained her medical files and decided to sue for 100,000 euros (147,000 dollars) in damages.
Court spokesman Dirk Esser said Tuesday, "As far as I know, no such case has ever been heard by a German court before."