The girl that nobody wanted

This is a terrible story from two years ago.

A Belgian man has chosen to die by euthanasia, after his sex change operation turned him into “a monster”.

Nathan Verhelst, 44, was administered legal euthanasia on Monday afternoon, on the grounds of “unbearable psychological suffering”, by the same doctor who euthanized two deaf twins last year.

Shortly before he died, he told Belgium’s Het Laatse Nieuws: “I was ready to celebrate my new birth. But when I looked in the mirror, I was disgusted with myself.

“My new breasts did not match my expectations and my new penis had symptoms of rejection. I do not want to be a monster.”

Verhelst was born the only daughter in a family of three boys, and admitted that he had been “the girl that nobody wanted”.

That’s horrifying. I hope he didn’t get the sex change operation because he had been “the girl that nobody wanted” – I hope there was a lot more to it than that. But even assuming there was a lot more to it than that, it’s heart-breaking.

Not that I think that’s anything exclusive to people who want a sex change. There are lots of people whose unhappiness with their bodies basically ruins their lives. I shouldn’t be surprised that some of them choose suicide…but god it’s sad.


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