Virginia residents who need sex assignment surgery are often given extensive pre-operative counseling in order to be sure that they understand the implications of this type of operation. Sex assignment surgery is often painful and can result in complications, including psychological harm. A couple in South Carolina is struggling with the reality of their adopted child's sex assignment surgery and have filed a lawsuit for medical malpracticeagainst the doctors and hospital, as well as the state of South Carolina, for what they contend was negligence in performing the procedure.
The child was born with both types of sex organs and was taken from the parents for various reasons. The state of South Carolina became the guardian for the child during the time a doctor began to broach the subject of sex assignment surgery. According to this doctor, the child should be operated on immediately and should be assigned a gender. The decision was made to make the child female, and the surgery was carried out with the collaboration of two of the doctor's colleagues when the child was 16 months old.