Case of Mistaken Gender: Teenage Boy with Gender Defect Was Mistakenly Raised as a Girl

Everything ended well for Lumabao and his family. [Image Credit: GMA News/Youtube]

  • Kristel Lumabao was considered a girl when he was born.

  • After experiencing changes with his body, he decided to seek help from a doctor who revealed that he has Hypospadias.

  • Confirming that he is actually a male, Kristel and his family accepted the truth with open arms.

Is it a girl or a boy?

19 years ago, the parents of Kristel Lumabao though that their baby is a bouncing baby girl. Who would think otherwise when her birth certificate clearly specify that she is a girl?

However, a big news surprised their family. After two years when she was born, Kristel’s parents found out that their daughter is actually a “son” who is suffering from a birth defect called hypospadias.

He was raised as a girl by his family. [Image Credit: GMA News/Youtube]

Now 19 years old, Lumabao is currently taking up Criminology in Laoag, Locos Norte. Instead of getting a monthly menstrual period that every girl experience, Lumabao grew a mustache and also developed a deeper voice.

What is Her Defect?

Hypospadias is a condition wherein instead of at the tip of the penis, the opening of the urethra is on the underside of the penis. The urethra is the tube where urine drains from the bladder and exits the body.

An illustration on how Hypospadias patient’s sexual organs look like. [Image Credit: Wikimedia Commons]

Hypospadias occurs up to 4 boys in every 1,000 newborns. The cause of this rare disease is unknown. However, it can be passed down through families.

Mistaken Identity

Kristel’s mother, Erlinda, explained through her interview with GMA’s “24 Oras” that Kristel’s sexual organ is a female. But as he grows older, her sexual organ is changing and she doesn’t have ovaries and uterus.

Lumabao is now a Criminology student. [Image Credit: Kristen Lumabao/Youtube]

Believing that their “daughter” is a female, the couple raised Kristen as a girl. She wore dresses as a child and even wore flower crowns. He was already in high school when he noticed that his body starts to change. His physical appearance starts to look more masculine.

Clueless about what is happening with his body, Kristen started to check with a doctor.

Noong lumaki na ako, nakita ko na na yung shape ko, shape ng aking katawan ay parang katawan na talaga ng lalaki. Sinuggest po ng isang doktor na karyotyping. Ang naging interpretation po sa resulta ay normal male,” he revealed.

His family quickly accepted the truth. [Image Credit: GMA News/Youtube]

Accepting the Truth

After knowing that he is indeed a male, Kristel’s family accepted everything easily. From his given name “Kristel,” he changed his name to “Ice Krystler.”

Ice Krystler now feels very happy to know the truth. However, his father is the luckiest and happiest of the situation. He finally has a son.

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Written by Kristina Suarez

Kristina is a freelance writer and author of "My Thrifty Thoughts." She loves random weekend trips, coffee, toys, and spas. Guided by her mantra "chill and travel," she enjoys unplanned escapades without compromising leisure and budget. Her free hours are spent reading books, watching dramas and movies, doing toy reviews or thinking about her next travel destination.

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