Months after the star of TLC’s “I Am Jazz” underwent gender reassignment surgery, the show is now going into more detail.
Most recently, fans are seeing Jazz Jennings go through a difficult time as she experienced multiple setbacks and complications as a result of her “never before done” surgery.
Roughly a week after the initial surgery took place, many of Jennings wounds ruptured, causing her to have to undergo a second surgery.
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Tonight on @tlc at 9PM ET is a new episode of #IAmJazz and the continuation of my gender confirmation surgery. This episode is going to be the most dramatic yet as I end up experiencing a major complication. Going into the procedure, we knew it would be difficult since I had a lack of genital tissue due to my early suppression. Ultimately, I end up having to face one of the biggest challenges of my life. It’s going to be intense!
Fans saw a normally upbeat Jennings in a different headspace than usual after the first complication began to fill her head with doubt and uncertainty. Jazz said at the time:
“Everyone says that in the long run, everything is going to work out. But right now I’m just still feeling so down.”
But it was after the 18-year-old was recovering from her second emergency surgery that Jennings’ family nearly fell apart.
While Jennings was in New York with her mom, her grandfather had heart surgery that almost claimed his life in Florida.
Jennings’ mom, Jennette, can be seen bawling while on the phone with her husband, Greg, who had to fly back to Florida for work. She said on camera while on the phone with Greg:
“Things went really bad and he was bleeding and they called in a special surgeon. You need to rush to the hospital.”
“Here we are, Jazz is recovering after emergency surgery and now my dad is fighting for his life and I don’t think I’ve ever felt more scared in my entire life. […] We have had some pretty bad luck lately. […] I’m stuck in this helpless, horrible, situation.
Since the beginning of everything, since the moment Jazz was wheeling away, this has been a horrible experience, […] I will not feel better until I lay eyes on my father.”
However, while there were a lot of lows during the weeks Jennings was recovering from her surgery, the teenager said it’s having people who love you by your side that makes everything better.
“There have definitely been a lot of scary moments during this process. Having my vagina come apart entirely going to the OR a second time, it’s definitely been a longer and more challenging road than other patients who have this surgery, but having people who love you by your side makes it easier.”
Jazz is currently continuing to recover from her June surgery.