Chloe Jennings-White, a healthy able-bodied 58-year-old is searching for a surgeon that will perform a surgery that will permanently paralyze her.
Many will ask the question, “why would someone want to deliberately paralyze themselves?” Others will claim that Chloe is looking for attention.
Truth of it all is that Chloe isn’t looking for attention. She suffers from Body Integrity Identity Disorder (BIID).
Chloe told The Sun: “My dream is to find a surgeon who will operate on my spine to stop my legs working.”
In 2010 she found an overseas doctor willing to cut her sciatic and femoral nerves, meaning she would lose all sensation in her legs. The only thing stopping her from moving ahead with the surgery is that it would cost nearly $25,000 to have it done.
Chloe states that if she could ever afford it, she knows she wouldn’t regret her decision and wonders why people are so upset by the thought of her moving forward with the surgery.
“It’s the same as a transsexual man having his penis cut off. It’s never coming back, but they know it’s what they want.”
Chloe was about four years old when she claims she first realized she wasn’t like other kids.
“Something in my brain tells me my legs are not supposed to work. Having any sensation in them just feels wrong.”
When she turned nine, she decided to do something about her feelings.
The Sun reported that she first avoided a polio vaccination at school: “There was an epidemic and some kids ended up in leg braces,” she says, “I dreamed I might end up like them, but didn’t.”
After that, Chloe started intentionally trying to harm herself by intentionally falling off her bike. She broke five bones between the ages of 12 and 16 in different accidents.
For most of her life, she kept it secret, but finally started to admit to those close to her that she wanted to be disabled.
Many still can’t believe that Chloe would deliberately choose to live her life in a wheelchair.
SUN Column Idol winner Jessica Long, a wheelchair user, says:
“As someone who has a disability and needs mobility aids and the help of others, I cannot understand why someone would VOLUNTEER for it.
What Chloe fails to understand is that being in a wheelchair isn’t a disability. Using a wheelchair comes as a result of a disability.”
ABC News reported on another individual with BIID.
Mark Comer, 54, doesn’t want to undergo surgery or intentionally harm himself. According to ABC News, he wants a cure.
He said he was apprehensive about coming forward, but he hopes his voice will raise awareness and maybe even prompt more research. He even volunteered to be a “guinea pig” if it means a step toward a cure.
What do you think of Chloe’s dreams of having surgery to become paralyzed and of her struggles with Body Integrity Identity Disorder?
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