Trans woman with vagina made out of fish says she finally feels like a real woman

A woman has become the first trans person in the world to undergo successful vaginal reconstruction using fish.

Identified only as Maju, 35, she had surgery using a tilapia after her vagina began to shrink following a botched gender reassignment operation in 1999.

She said that sex with her then partner had become painful and resigned herself to a life of celibacy.

But then Maju heard about a procedure called neovaginoplasty which involves the use of a tube-shaped acrylic mould, wrapped with the skin of the tilapia that would rebuild and extend her vaginal canal.

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Speaking about her experience, she said: ‘I was the fourth person in Brazil in 1999 to have, what was then, experimental surgery. But ten years ago I developed vaginal stenosis. The opening of my vagina started to get narrower and shorter and the canal collapsed.’

Three weeks after treatment Maju said: ‘I’m absolutely thrilled with the result. For the first time in my life I feel complete and like a real woman.

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Maju, a florist in Sao Paulo, Brazil, was looked after by Professor Leonardo Bezerra. He said: ‘We were able create a vagina of physiological length, both in thickness and by enlarging it, and the patient has recovered extremely well.

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‘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.’

Maju had been suffering a rare congenital vaginal condition called Rokitansky syndrome. Prof Bezerra has treated 10 women with the condition that causes the vagina or uterus to be underdeveloped or absent.