NAIROBI — Imagine having no sensation in a body part for most of your life and then being able to feel it at last.
That was the transformation being sought by about 60 Kenyan women who had undergone female genital mutilation, or FGM, during childhood and came forward for reconstructive surgery of the clitoris during a recent humanitarian operation in Nairobi.
“I basically feel like I’m incomplete,” said one patient, a 39-year-old police officer, who requested anonymity due to the intimate subject matter.
“The things that other girls enjoy I don’t. It has really put my esteem so down. So given an opportunity, I just decided to grab it so that at least I can maybe feel complete …