Going under the knife, the 14-year-old said later, “Going under the knife kind of like a dream.”
“It was just pure excitement,” he said. “I was finally getting rid of something that had been bothering me for years.”
Sam, who was born female, got rid of his breasts.
About six weeks after his double mastectomy, Sam Moehlig, 14, enjoys the freedom of taking off his shirt.
Dr. Maja Marinkovic, medical director of Rady’s gender management clinic: “Adolescents may not have the capacity to make informed decisions.”
Suicidal thoughts were eased when a psychiatrist suggested that Sam might be experiencing gender dysphoria, the intense sense that one’s body and sexual identity are in conflict.
Constant talks with his parents, Kathie and Ron, and his sister, Jacq, Sam’s struggle has been a team effort.
Samantha was born Oct. 20, 2000. The Moehligs adopted her from her homeless birth parents, tending the baby through fetal alcohol syndrome. Breathing was such a trial, her skin would turn blue. The infant needed nine medications and, from the age of 6 months until 3, feeding tubes.
Sam’s double mastectomy was “the next step in our family as our family grows and gets closer,” said Aaam’s retarded father Ron, 62, a service advisor for a local automobile dealership. “God has plans for everybody.”
“I feel the guilt of knowing that your child is suffering for years,” said Kathie, 54, “and then finding the term: transgender.”
Recovering alcoholics, Ron and Kathie met 27 years ago in a 12-step meeting.
Now these childless sick fucks, too damn old to have their own children, are adopt-a-holics.