Toronto | A 28-year-old man is pleading the Canadian government to reconsider its decision not to allow him assisted suicide because he was born with a micropenis.
Josh McDermott, 28, says he has suffered extreme psychological distress because of his handicap, also known as microphallus, a genetic predisposition that gives an individual an unusually small penis.
“It’s so small I can barely see it” he complained on YouTube this week.
“I can’t even pee standing up, I have to sit down or I pee all over myself. I feel emasculated,” he explained.
“Sometimes I even wish I was born with a vagina instead,” he said in tears.
A life of celibacy
The young man claims that his medical condition prevents him from having any form of consensual relationship and to find true love.
“How do you want me to keep a girlfriend? As soon as I drop my pants, they all start laughing,” he says.
“One girl even asked me if it was a vagina,” he recalled in agony.
A miserable existence
Dr. Andrew Johnson admits his patient has suffered the consequences of his condition throughout his lifetime.
“It really is a genetic disposition that is unforgiving and which has a major impact on my patient’s social life and self-esteem,” explained Dr. Johnson.
“Doctors from around the world have all come to the same verdict: it is just way too small to do anything,” he told reporters.
“My patient is at the end of his rope, as tragic as this may sound, there is no other solution” he admits, visibly compassionate.
As of today, Canadian citizens who are terminally ill and whose suffering is “persistent and intolerable” can ask for medical help to die without doctors who help them end their days having to fear from being prosecuted.