Once upon a time a human being had to grow a vagina on their own. Thanks to modern technology and contemporary insanity, that requirement is no more.
Meet Maju, a man who identifies as a woman, and who in 1999 paid a presumably exorbitant sum of money to have a vagina constructed for him by Brazilian doctors.
“I was the fourth person in Brazil in 1999 to have, what was then, experimental surgery,” he explained in a recent interview, according to the New York Post. “But 10 years ago I developed vaginal stenosis. The opening of my vagina started to get narrower and shorter and the canal collapsed.”
And that completely ruined his sex life: “She suffered constant discomfort which prevented sex with her partner of 12 years, from whom she is now divorced,” the Post notes.
To be clear, vaginal stenosis can happen to regular vaginas as well, so this isn’t a condition limited to just fake vaginas. According to the National Cancer Institute, however, most cases of vaginal stenosis are triggered by radiation therapy. They don’t just happen out of the blue, unless the vagina isn’t really a vagina — which of course is the beauty of all this.
How so? Maju’s vagina could be and has since been replaced with another fake vagina. Except this one happens to be made of the skin of a tilapia fish.
During a three-hour operation in Brazil on April 23, doctors used an acrylic mold wrapped with the skin of a tilapia fish to rebuild and extend Maju’s fake vaginal canal.
Called neovaginoplasty, the procedure involved two molds. The first mold was the aforementioned one with the tilapia skin. This one will remain permanently in his body.
“In contact with the patient’s body, the sterilized and odor-free fish skin displays stimulatory cell growth properties. It is rich in type 1 collagen a substance that promotes healing and has a firmness and elasticity which is as strong and resilient as human skin,” the Post notes.
“The tilapia membrane attached to and recoated the walls of the vaginal canal acting like stem cells. These were absorbed into the body, transforming into cellular tissue similar to that of an actual vagina.”
The second mold was a temporary one designed to remain in Maju’s body for six months and prevent the fake vaginal canal from collapsing. He may remove it afterward.
The following Daily Mail video shows some of the operation:
According to Maju’s surgeon, Professor Leonardo Bezerra of the Federal University of Rio Grande do Norte, the operation was a complete success.
“We were able to create a vagina of physiological length, both in thickness and by enlarging it and the patient has recovered extremely well,” Bezerra reportedly said. “She is walking around with ease, has no pain and is urinating normally. In a couple months we believe she will be able to have sexual intercourse.”
He added that vaginal stenosis is a common condition in the transgender community.
“This is because, in the traditional procedure, most of the inside parts of the penis are removed and the penile skin is folded into the space between the urethra and the rectum. The outside skin of the penis then becomes the inside of the vagina,” he said.
“But because the patient has had hormonal treatment to develop female characteristics, there is penile and testicle atrophy resulting in shrinkage in the size of the penis caused from the loss of tissue. This means the vagina can also be small.”
Bezerra reportedly developed this groundbreaking procedure three years ago. Since then he’s reportedly performed it on 10 actual women. The first successful surgery occurred in April 2017 and involved Jucilene Marinho, a woman who was born without a cervix, uterus, ovaries and womb.
“I cried a lot when I found out. I thought my world had ended. I’d always dreamed of having a baby of my own now I had to accept that wouldn’t be possible,” she said to the Post in an interview last year, adding that she was scared the first time she and her boyfriend had sex.
“At first I was very scared to do it because I thought it would hurt and I was worried it might damage the opening. But it was a wonderful moment because everything worked perfectly. There was no pain, just a great deal of pleasure and satisfaction.”
It’s unclear if Maju will be able to experience similar “pleasure and satisfaction” with his molded vagina. He’s reportedly the first “transgender woman” in the world to undergo the procedure.
What’s known is that his operation wasn’t exactly flawless. It turned out that the doctors who’d created his original fake vagina had done a really lousy job.
The Post notes that Bezerra ‘s team “discovered that apparent levels of incompetence during the original surgery had left more than one narrow vaginal canal. There were remnants of cavernous bodies, erectile tissue structures, still in the vaginal space.”
“The presence of these leftovers of the penis aggravated the closure of the vaginal tract, worsening the symptoms,” he said.
Social media users responded to the report about Maju’s operation by cracking jokes about the alleged smell. But as noted by the post, the skin that was used was “odor-free.”
Let the fishy smell jokes begin…
— David Stilwell (@Stillsmack) May 16, 2019
So it can smell real as well
— kylie shore (@kylieshore4) May 16, 2019
So, that’s where that smell comes from.
— @rangersfanforlife (@rangersfanforl1) May 16, 2019
Smells real enough….
— Joe Harlow (@Tontors_Rage) May 16, 2019
Others took issue with the cultural implications of Maju’s operation:
I cannot get over any of what I just read. It’s a horror film. It’s a total freak show and people are doing this on purpose to their bodies. Doctors are allowed to destroy people’s anatomy and not lose their licenses. It’s like we are all living in the twilight zone.
— N. (@mdlagemum2four) May 17, 2019
The “botched operation caused her genitals to narrow and ‘collapse’.” C’mon. Tell me again about how the U.S. military should be involved in this gender dysphoria driven surgical madness. https://t.co/DXfQ9gP4Iu
— James Shupe (Formerly Jamie Shupe) (@NotableDesister) May 16, 2019
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