Doctors reveal Jazz Jennings' 'severe' gender-confirmation surgery complications
Doctors have opened up about Jazz Jennings' "severe" gender-confirmation surgery complications.
The star of the TLC show I Am Jazz came out when she was just five years old, and she has been documenting her life and transition there and on YouTube ever since. Now, as per People, in the latest season of I Am Jazz, the complications she endured while having gender confirmation surgery will be revealed by doctors.
This is the first-look trailer for the latest season of I Am Jazz:
In an episode clip, Jazz's doctors, Marci Bowers, MD, and Jess Ting, MD, explain to her and her family that things have not gone to plan. Bowers said Jazz "has had a very difficult surgical course," in the show. "She had a very incredible first surgery - it went seemingly very well, but there were problems. And that prompted a second surgery, which I was not a part of, unfortunately."
"Taking Jazz on as a patient for surgery, we knew it was going to be a one-of-a-kind surgery," Ting explained. "We don't have the experience of having said we've done 50 of these. I was just not expecting her to have a complication as severe as what she did have."
In the video below, Jazz discovers that she will need additional surgery:
"This has been a real journey, hasn't it? We knew it would be tough - it turned out tougher than any of us imagined," Bowers said to Jazz's family. "I think in hindsight we would have never sent you home from the hospital. You know, easy to say now. When I wasn’t here when you had problems and had to go back, I can't tell you how stressful that was."
Sharing a clip from the show on Instagram, Jennings captioned her post: "As portrayed in this teaser, the past year has been extremely challenging. I have experienced some of my highest highs and lowest lows... Although it continues to be difficult to cope with the hurdles life throws my way, I have been actively working every day to get better and improve my mental health."
The popular teenager began her surgical transition in the summer of 2018, however, it was not without its complications because she did not have enough tissue to create a vagina because she had been taking hormones from an early age.
This led to complications that required a second procedure at the time. "There was just an unfortunate event and setback where things did come apart, and there was a complication," she told Women's Health at the time. "I had to come back in for another procedure, but it was just all part of the journey. The good thing though is that it was only cosmetic and external so it wasn’t too dramatic."
As per the American Society of Plastic Surgeons (ASPS), some transgender people chose to have gender confirmation surgery to obtain "the physical appearance and functional abilities of the gender they know themselves to be."
The latest season of I Am Jazz is set to air on TLC on Tuesday, Jan. 28 at 9:00 pm EST.