Hasibul Mullick won’t have any boyhood memories; ‘he’ never had a boyhood.
Instead, the 14-year old from Rameswarpur village in Bengal’s Howrah district is waking up directly to a surgery-assisted manhood in a government hospital in Kolkata after years of gender ambiguity.
Born a ‘true hermaphrodite’, the medical term for someone born with both ovarian and testicular tissues, Mullick underwent surgery on Wednesday at SSKM (Seth Sukhlal Karnani Memorial) Hospital where experts worked on him till Friday, removing his female sex organs in a phased manner.
They also took out the ‘testes’ from inside his abdomen to guard against future malignancy. Such a surgery was done for the first time in eastern India.
“It was a rare operation. This is the first time in eastern India that a true hermaphrodite is being converted into a man,” said SSKM medical superintendent and vice-principal Debashish Bhattacharya.
Neither Mullick nor his family was aware of his condition till he was 12.
After he turned 12 he started bleeding from his penis one day. The doctors realized the boy was menstruating.
He had ovaries, uterus and breasts.
A team of doctors from seven departments – endocrinology, gynaecology, general surgery, urology, cardiology, psychiatry and radiology – took him through a series of tests.
The doctors also faced a dilemma whether to make Mullick a ‘man’ or a ‘woman’.
They conducted counselling sessions and realised psychologically he was ‘more of a man’.
A team of five doctors were formed who assured Mullick that they would turn him into a complete man.
On Wednesday, they removed his ovaries, uterus and testes and amputated his breasts on Friday.
“We don’t foresee any problems even in his sex life. The only rider, he can’t be a father,” said endocrinologist Satinath Mukherjee who was a member on the medical team operating Mullick.