Jazz Jennings has bravely documented her journey through her gender confirmation surgery in the TLC show “I Am Jazz,” and on the latest episode she and her parents sat down with her doctors to find out what went wrong in previous surgeries.
Jazz, Dr. Marci Bowers and Dr. Jess Ting and her parents, Jeanette and Greg, all discussed the operations.
“I feel like we’re near the end of the journey at this point,” Greg said. “And I do feel like this is going to be one where they say, ‘This is what we’ve got to do to finish everything up, complete the process, and let Jazz go on her merry way.'”
Bowers and Ting then discussed the “very difficult surgical course” that Jazz was undergoing.
“She had a very incredible first surgery — it went seemingly very well, but there were problems,” she said. “And that prompted a second surgery, which I was not a part of, unfortunately.
“Taking Jazz on as a patient for surgery, we knew it was going to be a one-of-a-kind surgery,” Ting chimed in. “We don’t have the experience of having said we’ve done 50 of these. I was just not expecting her to have a complication as severe as what she did have.”
Bowers then admitted that they did make a mistake with the previous surgery recovery.
“This has been a real journey, hasn’t it? We knew it would be tough — it turned out tougher than any of us imagined,” she said. “I think in hindsight we would have never sent you home from the hospital. You know, easy to say now. When I wasn’t here when you had problems and had to go back, I can’t tell you how stressful that was.”
Jazz’s father later said, “You know, it’s nice to hear, ‘I did something,’ and acknowledging that. On the other hand, there’s the medical side and an expectation that really should have been met.”
Jazz showed off her surgical scars in a New Year’s Eve bathing suit photo on Instagram.
“I’m proud of my scars and love my body just the way it is,” she continued. “I call them my battle wounds because they signify the strength and perseverance it took to finally complete my transition,” she wrote.
Her mom, Jeanette, replied to the post: “My sweet girl, you are the strongest and bravest of all the souls I’ve even known and I’m blessed to be your mom. Your scars are just as beautiful as you the rest of you. I love you with all that I am. You make me proud everyday.”