Brave trans teen allows camera to film her gender reassignment surgery

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Emmie Smith,18, allowed cameras to document her gender reassignment surgery to try and help others understand what the procedure really entails (Picture: Facebook/Emmie smith)
A teenager has bravely documented herself undergoing gender reassignment surgery on film.
Emmie Smith, 18, invited a photographer to come along for the procedure in order to help others understand what the surgery involves.
The 18-year-old first came out as transgender aged 16 on Facebook.
She says in the National Geographic video: ‘The thing I really remember about coming out, was I was in a play. I went to rehearsal, and they were getting my pronouns right, they were using my name.
‘It was just a totally different world. It was incredible. If I was not out, I’m not sure I’d be alive right now.’
She added: ‘Being closeted was one of the worst parts of my life. Being out, it’s not so much a personal change, it’s a social change.’
Despite knowing she wanted to be a girl, Emmie wasn’t entirely sure she wanted to take surgical steps to change her body.
On August 30, 2016, Emmie, formerly Walker, went under the knife to have her penis changed into a vagina (Picture: Facebook/Emmie Smith)
But the more she thought about it, she realised that she actually wanted it to happen, particularly after she had her surgery date confirmed.
So on August 30, 2016, Emmie, formely Walker, went under the knife to have her penis changed into a vagina.
Her mother Kate Malin, a reverend at an Episcopal church, says in the video: ‘When I first learned that my child was transgender, I couldn’t speak the word, I was so — I didn’t know, I didn’t know anything about it.
‘Here I was, this “good mother” that researched everything before we, you know, bought a diaper.
Transgender girl, 18, allows cameras to document her sexual reassignment surgery for intimate and graphic video to try and help others understand what the procedure really entails credit facebook/emmie smith
Emmie as a boy called Walker (Picture: Facebook/Emmie Smith)
‘I was the one in the know, and all of a sudden I didn’t know anything and it was frightening and it was other and I didn’t want my child to hurt or be hurt or be judged.’
Emmie said: ‘I think people are fascinated by gender reassignment surgery. They also don’t know how to have a conversation about.’
In the video, the 18-year-old can be seen with her mum praying before her surgery.
Transgender girl, 18, allows cameras to document her sexual reassignment surgery for intimate and graphic video to try and help others understand what the procedure really entails credit facebook/emmie smith
The 18-year-old first came out as transgender aged 16 on Facebook. (Picture: Facebook/Emmie Smith)
The surgeon, Dr. Christine McGinn, then explains exactly what happens once the anaesthesia kicks in.
She says: ‘The glans penis becomes the clitoris, the skin of the penis becomes the labia minora and part of the opening of the vagina.
‘The scrotal skin is taken off and used as a skin graft, it’s rolled up into a tube, and that’s placed in a space that we make at the base of the scrotum… and that’s going to be the lining of the vagina.’
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