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Letting girl live as boy 'the right decision'

in NEW ZEALAND, 21/10/2013

A medical ethics expert has praised the family of a seven-year-old girl who are backing a decision for her to live as a boy and to medically stop the onset of puberty despite criticism the child is too young to make the monumental decision.

The child, who Fairfax Media is not naming, could begin taking drugs dubbed puberty blockers in as little as two years.

It would be the first step toward hormone replacement therapy and possible surgery, should the child decide to fully transition as a male.

Dr Phillipa Malpas, a senior lecturer in clinical medical ethics at Auckland University, said the child should be taken seriously.

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