Sex-change operation: From Farzana to Faizan

Published: January 25, 2011
17-year-old girl from RY Khan has sex-change operation.

17-year-old girl from RY Khan has sex-change operation.

RAHIM YAR KHAN: A 17-year-old girl Farzana had a sex change operation after having been severely ill for several months.

On Monday, Iqbal Nagar resident Farzana was brought to Sheikh Zayed Hospital in critical condition. “She had been ill for nearly a year and we have had several consultations,” said resident surgeon Dr Rehan. “I had told her parents that she had a rare genetic condition and that she was suffering from a severe hormonal imbalance,” he said.

On Monday, Farzana was brought into the hospital with severe abdominal pain and doctors confirmed that she required immediate surgery. “Farzana has hermaphrodite genes and we needed to operate on her soon because her body was beginning to shut down,” Dr Rehan said. The doctors confirmed that Farzana had been experiencing similar symptoms since puberty but that in her case the symptoms were developing rapidly. “One can usually identify hermaphrodite cases at birth but there are exceptions where the symptoms manifest at puberty,” he said, adding “In Farzana’s case the symptoms were developing very rapidly and it could have killed her.”

An x-ray and ultrasound report showed that Farzana’s body bore excess testosterone. “The doctor came to us and said that we had the choice to see our daughter die or to see her become our son,” said Farzana’s father Ishtiaq. “I am glad to have a son who can help me out at work now and I am not in the least bit ashamed,” he said, when reporters questioned him about the case.

Farzana had the operation on Sunday night and on Monday afternoon her parents changed her name to Faizan. Ishtiaq runs a fast food shop located in the Rahim Yar Khan district court precincts. Faizan has one sister and three brothers. “Earlier it was three brothers and two sisters but now things have changed. I am just happy to be alive,” Faizan told reporters.

On Sunday evening, Faizan underwent the final operation in the long sex-change procedure. “We performed three operations in total. It has taken three weeks and now Farzana is officially Faizan,” Dr Rehaan said.

Faizan said that he used to work in a beauty parlour and was learning to be a beautician to support his family. “I will work with my father now,” he said. “My life has completely changed but I hope I can still retain my friendships. I hope that I can stay in touch with all my friends and that people don’t judge me for this,” Faizan said.

“I am just happy to be alive,” he said adding that he and his parents had taken the decision to have the sex-change operation so that he could live a healthy life.

“I have been sick for a very long time and now that I am healthy I am thankful. I don’t care about whether I am a boy or a girl as long as I am alive,” Faizan said.

Published in The Express Tribune, January 25th, 2011.

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Reader Comments (15)

  • Sultan
    Jan 25, 2011 - 12:54PM

    ” welcome to the club beerathar ” …. Recommend

  • rehan
    Jan 25, 2011 - 1:18PM

    May God give us all good health..Recommend

  • Jan 25, 2011 - 3:13PM

    oh My god .. This is totally haram in Islam … Rofl Recommend

  • Shahryar Ahmed
    Jan 25, 2011 - 4:31PM

    It’s a medical condition not by choice. It has nothing to do with Islam or any other religion. My God, its people like the above gentlemen (Hunain) who is one of the reasons why Pakistan is in such a mess. People like him, by giving extremist views bring a bad name to Islam.

    This person & whatever happened to him is the will of Allah, nothing more, nothing less.Recommend

  • Jeesa
    Jan 25, 2011 - 7:31PM

    In my opinion, in this case it wudnt be haraam .. Recommend

  • Freedom
    Jan 26, 2011 - 12:43AM

    Mr. Hunain needs a surgery too…Recommend

  • Dani
    Jan 26, 2011 - 4:35AM

    @Shahryar Ahmed:
    please look at the context of what Mr Hunain is talking. It is dry humor with sarcasm which unfortunately most of the people cant understand. ROFL means rolling on the floor laughing if you didnt know :)Recommend

  • MuslimBoy
    Jan 26, 2011 - 6:11AM

    mentally he is a she,and being with another girl is haramRecommend

  • yasir
    Jan 26, 2011 - 7:05AM


  • Gulshad Ahmed
    Jan 26, 2011 - 10:11AM

    Definitely, there is nothing prohibited in this case. Islam teaches us the lesson of saving lives. Recommend

  • Jan 26, 2011 - 10:15AM

    @Shahryar Ahmed:

    I think Hunain was trying to see the comedy in this situation and he did not mean to offend anyone.. (Am i right hunain?) which is why he said rofl (rolling on the floor laughing) at the end.. Recommend

  • Mujtaba Abid
    Jan 26, 2011 - 10:26AM

    i am loving faizan’s and his father’s comments about his sex change !Recommend

  • Anon
    Jan 26, 2011 - 10:42AM

    Hunain, what an obnoxious thing to say.Recommend

  • sumair
    Jan 26, 2011 - 1:05PM


    Hunain people like you need to get some education. What is harm here? People like you have brought nothing but trouble to Pakistan and their people. She has suffered a medical condition; which if left untreated could have result in her death. But I; am suppose why do you care about some one else life. You can just sit in front of computer and comment what is right to you mind. Recommend

  • ali bombaywala
    Jan 27, 2011 - 7:54AM

    I am sure farzana’s ex boyfriend is terrified. Recommend

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