An 11-year-old child with both male and female sexual characteristics hopes to undergo surgery to determine his gender, Sichuan Online and West China City Daily reported.
The child's lack of a clear-cut gender has presented problems throughout the child's life, such as when filling out forms at school and with the police. Even choosing which washroom to go to gives the child, "Chengcheng" (a pseudonym) a headache. Now, Chengcheng goes to the gents only when it is empty.
Unwavering care from foster parent
From Pingshan County, Yibin, Chengcheng was found as an abandoned baby on Fuxiu Jie by Hu Jieming, who discovered that the baby possessed reproductive organs of both genders only after returning home.
"Hu Jieming treats him like his own son," one of the villagers said. But it hasn't been an easy journey.
When the police refused to process Chengcheng's resident application, due to the unclear gender declaration, Hu left the child at the police station in a fit of anger and went home. But he felt guilty, and with the help of the village's party secretary, Hu brought Chengcheng home again. In last year's census, Hu managed to help Chengcheng register with the assistance of the village leaders. Chengcheng is registered as a male currently.
School offers psychological protection
"We have spoken to and asked the other students to treat Chengcheng with an open mind. That would be the greatest form of respect and support they can offer," said Wang Chunyang, principal of the school that Chengcheng attends.
Counselling sessions have also been arranged for the child. Upon knowing that Chengcheng will be seeking treatment in the city, the school approved a 10-day leave and sent gifts.
Hu Jieming consulted hospitals in Yibin previously but none hospitals expressed confidence in their ability to successfully perform the surgery. Coupled with the exorbitant fees, Hu shelved the plans for surgery.
Preliminary results of the medical check revealed 'congenital malformations of the vulva', which can be confirmed only with chromosome testing, according to the gynecological hospital in Yibin which expressed willingness to help Chengcheng.
The child's blood sample has been sent to Chengdu's Huaxi Hospital for tests. If Chengcheng meets the requirements for surgery, the gynecological hospital in Yibin hopes to carry out treatment within the next year.
The chief physician of the hospital's obstetrics and gynecology department, Wu Xiaotao, said the hospital will invite aesthetics surgery experts to collaborate in the surgery, in order to achieve the best results.
Edit: Headline corrected.