David Reimer - the rest of the story

Updated: February 23, 2020 Circumcision opponents often exaggerate the risk of complications in order to terrify parents considering the procedure. Intactivists warn parents that their son could end up like the boy whose penis was destroyed in a botched circumcision. Raised as a girl, he committed suicide at age 38. An exploration into the full story of what happened is more complicated. Electric cautery machine malfunction Identical twins Bruce and Brian Reimer were born in Winnipeg, Manitoba in 1965. At 6 months both boys had difficulty urinating, and they were diagnosed with phimosis. They were scheduled for hospital circumcisions. A doctor who did not usually perform circumcisions was as

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