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Five-year-old from Beed to undergo genital reconstruction surgery

Doctors said the external genitals of the child resemble that of a female.

mumbai Updated: Aug 15, 2018 05:21 IST
HT Correspondent
HT Correspondent
Hindustan Times, Mumbai
Beed,Mumbai,Sex change surgery
The first round of the surgical procedure will be conducted this month.(Getty Images/iStockphoto)

Doctors at St George Hospital, who performed a genital reconstruction surgery on 29-year-old Lalit Salve – a constable from Beed district – in May, will soon operate on a five-year-old child, also from Beed, whose case is similar to Salve’s.

The external genitals of the child resemble that of a female, said doctors.

The child’s parents had observed that the appearance of the genitals were ‘slightly unusual’, but it was only after Salve’s case made headlines that they reached out to doctors.

The child’s father, Mohammad Khan, 39, a truck driver said, they raised the child as a girl for two years after birth.

“The doctor who helped deliver the child told us it was a girl. But, two years later, we noticed that the genitals looked different,” he said.

He then took the child to a local doctor, who asked them to get a genetic test called karyotyping, which confirmed that the child was a male. “Since 2014, we knew that he is a boy, but we didn’t have the courage to talk about it,” Khan said.

However, earlier this year, when Khan read about Salve’s operation, he immediately reached out to Salve. “Meeting Salve gave me the confidence to approach doctors at St George Hospital,” Khan said.

According to Dr Rajat Kapoor, head of department, plastic surgery at St George Hospital, who examined the child, this condition in boys, where the genitals are underdeveloped and resemble that of females, is seen in one out of 350 people.

“Awareness about such condition is poor in India, because of which, many people do not reach out for help,” said Dr Kapoor.

Dr Madhukar Gaikwad, medical superintendent of the hospital, said they will initiate the first round of surgery this month. “In the first round of surgery, doctors will elongate the urethra. After the surgery, the child will be able to urinate in a standing position, like males,” said Dr Gaikwad..

First Published: Aug 15, 2018 05:21 IST