Newborn abandoned for being ‘transgender’ dies, was a girl: Doctors
The baby was suffering from a genetic disease called congenital adrenal hyperplasia.Updated: Jul 13, 2018, 22:32 IST
The abandonment of a newborn for being a transgender has shocked doctors here. Later, it was found that the baby was suffering from a genetic disease.
On June 30, the parents of abandoned the infant at Shishu Grah at Gandhi Nagar with a letter that the baby was a transgender and fearing social boycott they were abandoning the baby. Shishu Grah admitted the baby to JK Lone Hospital with an infection and the baby was discharged on July 5 with a discharge ticket mentioning the sex as male.
The discharge slip mentioned the sex as male as the baby’s sexual organs were not properly developed. Later, when it was revealed that the infant was a transgender, the baby was admitted again to the hospital on July 7 for further investigation to determine the sex. Necessary investigations revealed that the baby was a girl. The infant, however, passed away on July 9 due to congenital adrenal hyperplasia (CAH) in which sodium and sugar fall and potassium increases in the body.
The baby was suffering from a genetic disease called congenital adrenal hyperplasia (CAH), which is a group of genetic conditions limiting hormone production in the adrenal glands. As the baby’s genitals were not properly developed, it was difficult to deduct the sex.
In such cases, the external genitalia in girls appears like a penis, which gives the impression that the infant is a boy. And infant boys with the condition have enlarged penis. The growth and development of the child are affected due to CAH, but despite this many can lead a normal life with proper treatment, although, the disease is life-threatening. Also, reconstructive surgery can be done in case of girls to alter the appearance of the external sexual organs.
“Abandoning a baby due to metabolic error is shameful. Parents could have brought the baby to a hospital where treatment up to one year is free. Even if the parents feared that the baby was transgender, they could have consulted doctors to confirm it,” JK Lone hospital medical superintendent Dr Ashok Gupta.
“Wherever the baby was delivered, health personnel would have told the parents that the baby is a transgender due to the ambiguous genitals and they must have decided to abandon her,” said Dr Gupta.
A Shishu Grah personnel, who was not willing to be named, said, “The baby was sent to the hospital on July 1 as the infant was unwell and the genital looked like a male, so at the time of admission the baby was registered as male. Later, to clear the confusion, the baby was hospitalised again at the JK Lone Hospital on July 7. After necessary investigation, it was found that the baby was female, but she died due to some serious illness.”