I hadn't heard of David Reamer or his horrid experience until after he committed suicide a few years ago. At that time, I found his story compelling and picked up this book to learn more about him.
Knowing all the while of David's suicide while reading this book was difficult. One can only sympathize with David as a little boy, as an adolescent, and, of course, as that poor little baby who was horribly castrated.
John Colapinto tells David's story with Grace and empathy. Although striving to remain objective, one can read the pain the author felt on David's behalf while writing and reporting this story.
In one day, the lives of these parents and this baby changed forever. ALthough a baby myself when this occurred, one can only wonder why the parents thought this option--of raising their baby boy as a girl-- was the better option. There was some thought of rebuilding his genitalia (though this type of surgery was less advanced than it is today), but the parents chose, on the advice of the medical quack/expert, to raise him as a girl. I know that back then, patients questioned the doctors less than they do now, but their choice still seems to be more extreme than reconstructive surgery would have been.
David married and seemed to be happy at the end of the book. I wish we knew more about him as an adult. I grew to care about him and am sorry he was unable to find happiness afterall.
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