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Person has surgery to become a 'real man'

A 19-YEAR-OLD person with deformed male and female reproductive systems became a "real man" after undergoing plastic surgery at Changzheng Hospital, the hospital said yesterday.

The person, who was identified as Xiaoli, was abandoned by his parents at birth due to deformed external genitals and was adopted by a local children's house.

Xiaoli was raised like a boy and underwent two phases of surgery on the urinary system and external genitals at the ages of five and nine.

However, Xiaoli started to feel different from other boys at 14. A bulge appeared in his upper left thigh and there was blood in his urine regularly.

He went to Changzheng Hospital, where doctors found he actually had a "hidden female reproductive system."

The bulge turned out to be a deformed womb and ovary connected to a deformed vagina inside his pelvis.

A chromosome test found Xiaoli was female, but a further check on the external organ confirmed he had testicles.

"It's very rare for a patient to have both male and female reproductive systems," said Dr Zhao Yaozhong from Changzheng Hospital's plastic surgery department. "Since Xiaoli has considered himself a male since childhood and expressed a strong desire in being a man, we removed all the female parts to help him become a real man."

Zhao said the condition is usually due to a chromosome disorder or pregnant women taking male hormones.

"Such patients need treatment early to give them a better chance at reproducing later in life," said Zhao.



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