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post #41 of 49
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Originally Posted by Frankly Speaking
Shannon:

There is a little more to this story. I hope you don't mind if I tell it. If you do, I apologize.

The child in question was born with a small penis and a single testicle. Other than that, he was normal. It was not known whether his penis would be large enough as an adult to penetrate his sexual partner. A single testicle instead of two does not mean that he could not sire children. Indeed, men who have only one testicle through birth defect or accident or disease generally have few fertility problems and lead successful sexual lives.

The pediatrician or family practitioner ( I don't remember which) had strongly lobbied the parents to have the boy changed from a boy to a girl and the parents had consistently resisted. The doctor told the parents that boys with only one testicle had a higher chance of testicular cancer and it was the prudent thing to do to have a biopsy performed. At first, the parents resisted but eventually gave in with the clear understanding that only a biopsy would be done and nothing else.

The boy was taken into surgery and a while later the doctor came out and told the parents that the test had come out positive and he had to remove his testicle. The mother asked to see the test report and the doctor would not let her see it. She finally put up such a scene that she got the report and it said there was no indication of cancer. None!

This doctor was so intent on a sex change operation for this boy that he castrated him thinking that at that point, there was no other alternative and the parents would be forced to consent. They did not. They were "considering" legal action against the doctor. I suspect they did not have the money to mount a lawsuit and were really trying to figure out a way to get it. I wish I knew how to contact them. David Llewellyn and I would make sure that money was not a consideration in them getting justice for their son and against that unethical ba*tard.




Frank
What show was this on? Someone needs to get ahold of the producer and send a letter to him to give to the family. If the family's name was withheld this would be a good way to contact them to encourage a lawsuit. I'm sure the station recieved mail from the show. They would be bound to give mail to the family if it was entitled for them.

I'm in to donate some cash.

What a bastard that dr is! How the h*ll does he sleep at night?
post #42 of 49
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Originally Posted by momto3boys
What show was this on? Someone needs to get ahold of the producer and send a letter to him to give to the family. If the family's name was withheld this would be a good way to contact them to encourage a lawsuit. I'm sure the station recieved mail from the show. They would be bound to give mail to the family if it was entitled for them.

I'm in to donate some cash.

What a bastard that dr is! How the h*ll does he sleep at night?

It is a show on the Discovery Channel, I believe the title is "Is it a boy or a girl?"
post #43 of 49
That show has aired several times each on The Discovery Channel, The Discovery Health Channel, The Learning Channel and The History Channel. I have gone to their websites and found they have no e-mail or snail mail address and no phone number listed. It's pretty obvious they want no feedback from their audiences.




Frank
post #44 of 49
post #45 of 49
[QUOTE=woobysma]Thank you, Frank - I don't mind at all.

I did realize the significance of the doctor removing the boy's testicle. Even if he couldn't conceive naturally with a small penis, it's very possible he could have conceived with medical help. That doctor took away any chance for that boy to ever be a biological father.

I, too, hope that the parents get the financial help they need to mount a lawsuit. (I will definitely contribute if you're able to find contact info)




Its my understanding when it comes to lawsuits the plaintiffs dont pay anything unless the case is won or settled.If the case has no merit the lawyer rejects it and there is still no money paid.When I sued for my injuries I paid no fees or costs until the insurance co paid out.The insurance co paid my attorney and the attorneys office wrote me a check for the balance.Generally lawyers will take 33% of the award plus expenses.I hope the person spoken of here understands that.If her case is strong the lawyer will jump on it and if she still has the medical record to back it up the culprits will have no choice but to give up their practice when there malpractice premium goes through thr roof.
post #46 of 49
Thomas, you are mostly right. The way it is supposed to work is the attorney works with the hope that he will win your case and recieve payment for his work and the plaintiff pays the costs for the filing fee, investigations, expert witnesses, etc. What apparently happened with you is that your attorney was so confident in your case that he essentially loaned you the money for the associated costs with those costs coming from the settlement or the award from the court. In most cases, the attorney will not be so sure of the outcome and will not do this. It may be disguised as him not accepting your case if he doesn't think you have the where with all to finance the case.

There is also the situation that the plaintiff has the money to finance the case and the attorney takes it on an hourly fee. The plaintiff still pays the associated costs but doesn't share the award or settlement with the attorney.



Frank
post #47 of 49
From nocirc:

"David managed to triumph by reclaiming his gender and, by telling his story, protecting others from similar tragedy. He was an inspiration to us all. He long will be remembered as an example of the risk of terrible mutilation caused by circumcision."

www.nocirc.org

--under press releases
post #48 of 49
post #49 of 49
This is awful!!!!!

I just learned of David Reimer's death in today's paper NY Times, 9/19/04: When a Gender Isn't a Given

I started a thread on the Gender article.
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