An Indian man hospitalized with stomach pains has shocked doctors who found he had parts of the female reproductive system.
When the man, identified as Ryalu, 35, was admitted to a hospital near Bhopal, Madhya Pradesh, complaining of severe stomach pains, doctors at first suspected a hernia, the Telegraph reports.
However, they instead discovered a female uterus, ovaries, Fallopian tubes, a cervix and underdeveloped vaginal tissue.
Pramod Kumar Shrivastava, a surgeon at the Chhindwara district hospital, said although the man — a father of two —was medically a hermaphrodite, his hormones and sexuality were clearly male, and he had male external organs.
"Usually the contents of the Hernia Sac are abdomen organs like large intestines and small intestines but when we operated on the patient we were surprised to find female reproductive organs," Shrivastava reportedly said. "The sac contained quite developed uterus, both the ovaries, Fallopian tubes, cervix and a tissue which is undeveloped but apparently looks like vaginal tissue."
However, he added: "The external reproductive organs of the patient were masculine and he has no problems whatsoever with his sexuality. He had functional male genitals and there was no formation of breasts in the patient. It's an embryological accident at the time of embryonic formation."
Surgeons removed the organs through a hysterectomy and repaired the hernia.
The patient was said to have been as "stunned" as his doctors at the discovery.