It’s 1965 in the Canadian city of Winnipeg, and twins Bruce and Brian Reimer are checked in for a routine operation. But something goes wrong, kick-starting decades of struggle and confusion for one of the unlucky brothers. Almost four decades later, he takes his own life, the victim of medical malpractice on a terrifying scale.
The story began in December 1964, when Ron and Janet Reimer tied the knot. Apparently, Janet had always wanted to be the mother of twin boys, and just eight months later she got her wish. On August 22, 1965, two healthy sons, Bruce and Brian, were born to the Reimers in Winnipeg, Manitoba.
When Bruce and Brian were just six months old, however, they began having problems passing water. As a result, medics recommended that the twins undergo circumcision. Believing the operation to be relatively risk free, Janet took her sons to the hospital – unaware that their lives were about to change for good.