A female judge in a Family Court has given her nod to the schoolboy, who was given the pseudonym "O", to begin drug treatment to become a woman before puberty fully takes hold, 'The Daily Telegraph' in Sydney reported.
Justice Linda Dessau said that the boy, who suffers from mild Asperger's syndrome, was mature enough to know what he wanted. She said her decision was backed by his parents, six specialists and the boy's independent lawyer. After hearing that the boy comes from a loving family who "adore and respect him", the judge said he's so desperate to become a girl that he had become suicidal and once took the extreme step of swallowing a lead solder at his school.
It's not the first time that an Australian court has created controversy by allowing a minor to start hormone treatment to change sex. Six years ago, the Family court allowed 13-year-old girl "Alex" to begin hormone treatment to become a man. And, in another case, a 12-year-old girl was also allowed to take hormones to live life as a man.
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