Hos­pi­tal looks to gen­der treat­ment

Clinic open to cor­rec­tive surgery af­ter change in law

7 Days in Dubai - - NEWS - By Shoshana Ke­dem @B_Shosh shoshana@7days.ae

A pri­vate hos­pi­tal is gearing up to of­fer gen­der cor­rec­tion surgery af­ter a re­cent change in UAE law per­mit­ted such op­er­a­tions for the first time.

RAK Hos­pi­tal has hired Dr An­gelo Fusco, an ex­pert in mi­cro­sur­gi­cal gen­i­tal re­con­struc­tion and is pre­par­ing to see po­ten­tial pa­tients.

Gen­der re­as­sign­ment is pos­si­ble un­der the new, wide-rang­ing Med­i­cal Li­a­bil­ity law, which came into ef­fect in Au­gust.

The law is in­tended to cover cases where surgery is deemed a med­i­cal ne­ces­sity, such as cor­rec­tive gen­i­tal surgery.

But, as 7DAYS re­ported last month, at least one le­gal case has been lodged in Abu Dhabi in which a young Emi­rati woman is seek­ing to be­come a man.

The court is cur­rently con­sid­er­ing the case. Fusco, from Mi­lan, was among the sur­geons and del­e­gates at Aes­thetic Plas­tic Surgery

Con­fer­ence, which con­tin­ues in Dubai to­day.

He told 7DAYS: “If the law per­mits it, I am ready to do this kind of surgery.”

RAK Hos­pi­tal CEO Dr Reza Sid­diqui said en­sur­ing some­one is el­i­gi­ble for surgery un­der the new law is com­plex, as is the pro­ce­dure it­self.

He said: “The law is very clear and spe­cific. A male can­not be­come fe­male and a fe­male can­not be­come male.

“But there are a lot of cases that are very close which the law helps to be­come com­plete.

“We do have the abil­ity, in­fra­struc­ture and staff who would be able to do that re­con­struc­tive surgery if [the pa­tient] met the ge­netic spec­i­fi­ca­tion.”

Sid­diqui said where uncer­tainty re­mained, the hos­pi­tal would con­sult the Min­istry of Health.

Head of Surgery at RAK Hos­pi­tal, Dr Jean Marc Gauer, said that gen­der re­as­sign­ment surgery could cost Dhs 30,000-Dhs 100,000.

He said both the pa­tient’s ge­net­ics and how they have de­vel­oped in terms of gen­i­talia have to be taken into ac­count. He said: “Still, we would on a case to case ba­sis still def­i­nitely take the ap­proval of the Min­istry of Health, as it’s still a very touchy zone.”

Dr Michael Sali­varas, chair of the con­fer­ence, said any hos­pi­tal of­fer­ing gen­der surgery, would also need “psy­chol­o­gists, en­docri­nol­o­gists and le­gal ad­vis­ers for pass­port and im­mi­gra­tion is­sues”.

And the change re­mains con­tro­ver­sial within the re­gion.

One Emi­rati hos­pi­tal di­rec­tor said the is­sue re­mains a “huge taboo” here.

He added: “There are peo­ple who have trav­elled out­side the UAE be­fore, but they would never dare come back.”

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