Transgender woman wins legal battle with parents over right to have sex change surgery

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DOYLESTOWN, Pa. – Christine Kitzler says she can finally be herself following a judge’s ruling about her competency.

“I’m so happy and free,” said Kitzler. ” I’m a woman.”

Christine says she has identified as a female since she was 13-years-old and began dressing as a woman in college.

“It’s really a hard thing where you’re torn apart like a rag doll,” Kitzler said.

On Tuesday, Kitzler was supposed to have reassignment surgery.

Dr. Christine McGinn has performed more than 1,000 gender reassignment surgeries and was supposed to be responsible for changing Kitzler.

However, Kitzler’s parents traveled from Ohio to McGinn’s office to stop it.

“We had to have them removed by police,” ┬áDr. Christine McGinn told KYW.

The Kitzler’s filed court papers that alleged Christine suffers from mild retardation, suicidal thoughts and serious medical conditions that would make the surgery too risky.

They claim Christine is not mentally stable and have asked to be named her guardian so they can get her treatment.

“This isn’t a competency hearing. This isn’t a guardian hearing, this is a difference of opinion hearing,” Angela Giampolo, the attorney for Christine Kitzler, said.

“I might die for this, but it’s worth dying. I would rather die than live the way I was,” ┬áKitzler said.

A judge sided with Christine, meaning she can now have the surgery.

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