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Man 'with a uterus and ovaries' undergoes hysterectomy

The Indian farmer is reported to have been “stunned” when doctors made the discovery.

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AN INDIAN FARMER has undergone a hysterectomy after doctors found that he had a full female reproductive system in his lower abdomen.

The Telegraph reports that the man, identified only as Ryalu, was admitted to a hospital near Bhopal in Madhya Pradesh in central India after he complained of severe stomach pains. Doctors suspected a hernia but upon carrying out exploratory surgery they discovered a female uterus, ovaries, Fallopian tubes, a cervix and underdeveloped vaginal tissue.

Despite this the patient had external male organs and led a normal male life as a farm worker. His hormones and sexuality are clearly male although medically Ryalu is a hermaphrodite. The patient is said to be “stunned” and is being supported by his family as he recovers in hospital.

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