Gender assignment surgery on children with disorders of sex development: a case report and discussion from South Africa

  title={Gender assignment surgery on children with disorders of sex development: a case report and discussion from South Africa},
  author={Ethelwyn Eleonore Rebelo and Christopher Paul Szabo and Graeme J. Pitcher},
  journal={Journal of Child Health Care},
  pages={49 - 59}
This case report highlights the dilemma faced by staff with regard to the timing of surgery on a child with a disorder of sex development living in a large, lower socio-economic class, South African, urban township. In this community, children with disorders of sex development can sometimes become an object of interest and ridicule or are thought to be bewitched. Many parents of children with such disorders find it difficult to protect their offspring from the marginalization and rejection that… 
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