The Telegraph spoke to Dr. Pramod Kumar Shrivastava, who suspected a run-of-the-mill hernia, but admits to his surprise at finding female reproductive organs during a “exploratory operation” on Ryalu.
Ryalu, father of two, with external male organs, never had an issue with his stomach until recently, thus unaware completely of his condition. Dr. Shrivastava asserts in the article, “although he is medically a hermaphrodite, his hormones and sexuality are clearly male.”
“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,” he said.
With no mention of Ryalu’s consent to the hysterectomy, we’re left to assume he wanted it without question. The organs were not causing the pain; it was the hernia. God forbid he go on intersex? Another difference equated with defect? People go on blaming various causes for intersex births, especially in these regions of the world—the caste system encouraging inbreeding, pollution causing birth defects, yada, yada, yada—but what’s important here should be consent, no?
Granted, the man was “stunned” by the doctor’s discovery, but why throw out all extraordinary elements to go being ordinary as a default decision?
Until we understand more about the intersex condition, maybe we should try to explore the cases we know of. Otherwise, how are we going to learn?