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DAILY NEWS, MONDAY. DECEMBER 1, 1952 C3 mntiw: i tin ronx voutii us a mnm woman IBkmk yM(B HAir mum After 2 Years, 6 Operations OoDyriBt 1952 by News Syndicate Co. Inc. I A Bronx youth, who served two years in the Army during the war and was honorably discharged, has been transformed by the wizardry of medical turn Ct'( tV 1 f. -1 i 1 Jfc 1 muni ir ttWS lotos, Cupyntrht by NEWS Syndicate Iuc George-Christine as a boy.

George-Christine as a girL science into a happy, beautiful young woman, The News learned yesterday. Smppinvdaffl to Subject of the rare sex-conversion is the" former George W. Jorgensen son of a Bronx carpenter, whose name and all past Army records have been officially changed to Christine Jorgensen. The new woman has made a successful career for herself as a color photographer in Denmark and hopes some day to go to Hollywood, either as a photographer or an actress. 2847 Dudley their home Bronx.

shop t' 1 It was through a rare and complicated treatment that George became Christine. The conversion rare when a woman becomes a man, much rarer when a man changes into woman involve i five major operations, a minor operation and almost 2,000 injections which worked both physiological and glandular revolutions in George-Christine's body. The story of George-Christine was told yesterday by the father, George, a Board of Education carpenter, and his wife, Florence, at (NEWS foto. Copyright 1952 by NEWS Syndicate Co. Inc.) George-Christine says of this foto: "It looks too much like a clothes model, but it really is, for I am so proud of my handiwork made jacket and skirt and gloves." leUer informing PmenU Copyright 1952 by News Syndicate Co.

Inc. Here is the text of the sensitive and affectionate letter Jr. told his parents that his sex had been changed and that Not till last June, after the protracted treatment had been successfully completed, did the Jor-gensens know that their son had even contemplated the radical sex change. Then, in a long letter which enclosed photographs of the new Christine, now a 26-year-old blonde, they learned what had been happening at the Richs Hospital, Copenhagen, under the world-famed Prof. Hamburger.

"Several small unimportant-looking glands and yet our whole body is governed by them," the letter said. And, again: "It is more a problem of social taboos and the desire not to speak of the subject because it deals with the great hush hush, namely sex." Feared Harm to Mind. Then there was a line: "You see, I was afraid for a much more horrible illness of the mind." Further on, still without quite breaking the news, the letter said, "Right from the beginning, I realized that I was working toward the of myself from a life I knew wot-M always be foreign to me." And then the shock: "Just how does a child tell its parents such a story as this I am still the same old Brud (nick- NEWS ON THE AIR TELEVISION WPIX Channel II 3 A 4 p. m. Newt 6 :30 p.

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in which George Jorgensen he was now their daughter name), but, my dears, nature mads a mistake which I have had corrected and now I am your daughter." And, finally, the strange, wistful ending: "I do so want you to like me very much and not to be hurt because I did not tell you sooner about why I came over here. "Love, "Chris "Brud" Thunderstruck, the Jorgensen Jteld family council with their only other child, a daughter, who is married and has a baby of her own. Father Informs Friends. Then, they said, they decided that their lifelong friends, fellow members of the Danish Young Society, which meets regularly at Askow Hall in Throggs Neck, tha Bronx, should hear the news. Jorgensen called a meeting of 22 of his closest friends at a neighbor's home and told them.

All of them who remembered George a a quiet youngster who preferred reading to sports agreed that the right thing had been done. Yesterday the elder Jorgensen exnlained that his former son had been drafted into the Army in 1944, had served two years at Fort Dix and then received his honorable discharge. Immediately afterward, he enrolled in the New York Medical Technicians Institute here for 16 months and only after receiving the letter of last June, did the parents realize why. The then-George was studying the glands which had played tricks (Continued on page 10, col. S) Christine.

Dated June 8, 1952, each person, and yet we are all basically the same. Seeking the Why When Something Goes Wrong Nevertheless, we- are different, looks, temperament and then nature often for some unknown reason steps in and adds her "peculiarities. Complex about various things and physical deformities. Those things are all a part of life but we do not accept them and strive through science to answer the great question of "Why" "Why did it happen," where did something go wrong and, last but not least, what can we do to prevent it and cure it if it has already happened. At times it is obvious something has gone wrong but in many other cases it is not obvious and only shows up in small ways.

This leads to investigation and, if necessary, medical aid. Imbalance in Glandular System Cleared Up We humans are perhaps the greatest chemical reaction in the world and therefore it is not strange that we are subject to so very many physical ailments. Among the greatest working parts of our bodies are the glands. Several small unimportant looking glands, yet our whole body is governed by them. An imbalance in the glandular (Continued on page 10, eol.

3) it read My Dearest Mom, Dad: I am now faced with the problem of writing a letter, one which for two years has been in my mind. The task is a great one and the two years of thought haven't made the task any easier. To begin with, I want you to know that I am healthier and happier than ever. I want you to keep this in mind during the rest of this letter. I suppose I should begin with a little philosophy about life and we.

the complex people who live that life. Life is a strange affair and seems to be stranger as we experience more of it. It is often that we think' of the individuality of.

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