Meerut: In what is being billed as a one in a million case, doctors helped a woman termed ‘genetically male’ with a rare chance of conceiving, deliver two babies. The babies, a boy and a girl, whose birth doctors said was nothing short of a medical miracle, were born on Saturday after Maya Sharma (name changed) went through a series of treatment procedures spread over three years to realize her dream of
becoming a mother. “This is similar to a male delivering twins,” said Dr Sunil Jindal, the infertility specialist who administered the treatment.
Maya’s condition is referred to as XY gonadal dysgenesis, in which the person has external female characteristics but non-functional
gonads or ovaries, the ovumproducing reproductive organs necessary for reproduction.
She never menstruated, or experienced puberty, leading doctors who conducted a karotyping (chromosomal study) test on her to diagnose
her as having XY (male pattern) chromosomes. The only saving grace, though, was that she had an infantile uterus, which could be developed with hormonal and endocrinal treatment. Doctors decided to give it a shot. “The task before us was to develop the uterus to a level
that it could carry a pregnancy,” recalled Dr Jindal.
Infertility experts are upbeat over the development. “There are only four or five recorded cases in the world of persons with this condition
being able to give birth. So this is indeed a tremendous achievement,” said Dr K D Nayyar of the Indian Fertility Society.
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