Tuesday, February 24, 2009

Boy or Girl?

Until now, i still can't believe what i saw.
I was running out of time for my 2:00pm story deadline. It was about twelve noon on Tuesday, an i only had one story. My team headed to Malita to get the capsized boat story. My informant told me the victims were at the district hospital. When i got there, the nurse told me the victims were already transferred to the nearest funeral parlor. I was about to leave when one of the nurses uttered, "would you like to see two organs in one baby?" I was dumbfounded for a moment, but interested. The nurse showed us the way to the ward where Mrs.Ferer from baranggay kinangan, was located.



Upon entering the ward room, i saw two cute little angels sleeping beside mrs. ferer. "My twins," she said gladly as i approached her. So i asked the nurse what was so interesting about the twins. The nurse opened the baby blankets. both babies have male and female organs! Baby 1 have both, while Baby 2 have scrotum but no testicles. Baby 2 have a slice in between the scrrotum believed to be the female gentalia. The doctor suspects, this is a case of Hermaphroditism.

Hermaphroditism is a rare condition in which ovarian and testicular tissue exist in the same person. The testicular tissue contains seminiferous tubules or spermatozoa. The ovarian tissue contains follicles or corpora albicantia. The condition is the result of a chromosome anomaly.
Among human beings, hermaphroditism is an extremely rare anomaly in which gonads for both sexes are present. External genitalia may show traits of both sexes, and in which the chromosomes show male-female mosaicism (where one individual possesses both the male XY and female XX chromosome pairs). There are two different variants of hermaphroditism: true hermaphroditism and pseudohermaphroditism. There are female and male.
Studies reveal, there are several ways in which this may occur.
  • It can be caused by the division of 1 ovum, followed by fertilization of each haploid ovum and fusion of the 2 zygotes early in development.
  • Alternately, an ovum can be fertilized by two sperm followed by trisomic rescuein one or more daughter cell.
  • Two ova fertilized by two sperm will occasionally fuse to form a tetragametic chimera. If one male zygote and one female zygote fuse, a hermaphroditic individual may result.
As shocked as i am, Mrs. Ferer also wanted to know the condition of her twins. The Malita district hospital cannot provide the proper explaination yet without the result of the examination conducted by the resident doctor.
Although mrs. Ferer was surprised, she also told me it doesn't matter. She considers her twins as a gift from heaven. While waiting for the laboratory results, Mrs. Ferer doesn't care whether her twins are boys or girls.

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