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Wednesday, April 22, 2015


What could you do if you’re the one in the shoes of this teenage boy, will you also appeal and change your name? 

In the report of Rida Reyes on GMA News last Monday, the said teenage boy is named Kristel Lumabao, a 19 year-old resident of Laoag, Ilocos Sur and a criminology student.
It is mentioned in the report that the boy’s case is known as ‘Hypospadias.’ But what is it? And how did it affect the life of this teenager?

Hypospadias is an abnormality of the urethra and penis that is present at birth. This can cause problems with passing urine and also with erections. It can range in severity. Surgical correction is usually very successful. Understanding the normal penis and urethra
The urethra is the tube that urine flows through out of the bladder. It passes through the penis. The opening of the urethra (meatus or 'pee-hole') is normally at the end of the penis, partly covered by the foreskin.

The main problem is that the urethra opens on the underside of the penis instead of at the end of the penis. The opening can be anywhere from just below the normal position (mild) to as far back as the base of the scrotum (severe).

It is stated that Hypospadias may also include the following:

A hooded appearance of the foreskin – This is because the foreskin does not develop on the underside of the penis.

Tightening of the tissues on the underside of the penis (called 'chordee') – This pulls the penis down and it cannot fully straighten. The further back the urethral opening is, the more severe the chordee tends to be. Mild hypospadias may not have any chordee.

But What is the treatment for hypospadias?
If the hypospadias is mild, with the opening of the urethra just a little down from normal and with no bending of the penis, then no treatment may be needed. However, in most cases an operation is required to correct the hypospadias. This can usually be done in one operation. However, if the hypospadias is more complicated, then two operations may be necessary. The operation is usually done when the child is around 4-18 months old. The success of the operation and the 'normality' that can be achieved may depend on the severity of the hypospadias.

(Back to the report)
"Noong ipinanganak ko, ang organ niya talaga ay babae. Pero habang siya'y lumalaki nag-iba na kasi yung ano... walang ovary at saka uterus," said by Kristel’s mother.

Kristel also said in his interview that he hasn’t experienced ‘buwanang-dalaw’ or menstruation so he did recognize himself as a man.

"Nung lumaki na ako sir, nakita ko na na yung shape ko, shape ng aking katawan ay parang katawan na talaga ng lalaki," he narrated.

"Sinuggest po ng isang duktor na karyotyping. 'Yon po after four weeks po lumabas na po ang resulta. Ang naging interpretation po sa resulta ay normal male," he added.

A doctor said that it may be caused by a complication during his mother’s pregnancy or he has just gotten it through a genetic mean. On another hand, he and his family already accepted his condition.
And he appealed that he wants to change his name to ‘Ice’ Krystler. His father is indeed very happy to hear that his son is now a ‘male.’

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