Jazz Jennings is revealing that she The recent gender confirmation surgery was not without complications.
The star of TLC's "I Am Jazz," which documents her life as a trans teen, spoke with Juju Chang, co-host of "Nightline," for a segment that aired on Monday. Jennings, 18, said she knew from a very young age that she was a girl, although she was assigned a boy at birth.
"When I was 2 years old, I went up to my mother and asked her:" When will the good fairy come with her magic wand and change my penis for a vagina? "She said.
In June, the reality star had a gender confirmation surgery, but she said there were several challenges along the way. Before the operation, he had to shed 30 pounds, which he said was difficult.
"That was really, really challenging because I had an addiction to food," he said. "And it was something that gave me comfort, and I had to let it go because surgery is much more important to me than any slice of cake or pizza."
The use of Jennings puberty blockers meant that doctors had to be innovative.
"Being on the blockers is something that I do not regret at all," he said. "But the only disadvantage is that I did not have enough growth below.
"So there was not enough tissue to work with when it came to surgery," he continued. "And it was very difficult to find a doctor, a surgeon who was willing to perform the operation on me just because I am such a difficult case."
"They are using the tissue that I have, the peritoneum, and they can also take a skin graft," he explained. "I say it's going to be like a patchwork vagina, Franken-vagina, so yes, as long as it's functional, that's all that matters."
After his surgery, which apparently took three surgeons for almost five hours, Jennings' recovery turned out to be a bit difficult.
"There was an unfortunate event and a setback in which things separated, and there was a complication," he said. "I had to go back for another procedure, but it was just part of the trip, the good thing is that it was cosmetic and external, so it was not too dramatic."
And it seems that Jennings would not change anything. Reflecting on the day of her surgery, she recalled: "I woke up on the morning of surgery, and I think I've never been so happy in my whole life, it was like pure positive energy."
After his surgery, Jennings updated his fans about his recovery on Instagram. "I'm doing very well," he subtitled a photo of his radiant, "thank you for all the love and support."
You can see more of Jennings' journey in the fifth season of "I Am Jazz," which will premiere on January 1 at TLC.
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