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A transgender man in Israel has reportedly become the first in the state’s history to give birth. Yuval Topper, 24 had his child at the Sheba Medical Center on Thursday of last week.
Topper underwent a sex change operation three years ago, Ynet news said. He was travelling to Jerusalem, but stopped to give birth in Tel Aviv.
Topper told the paper: “We preferred to go to Hadassah Mount Scopus, a hospital where we received excellent treatment in the past, but we were forced to head to Sheba as result of the birth’s quick progress. “The staff at the hospital treated us with dignity and consideration.”
Topper shocked medical staff in central Israel a few months ago after walking into an emergency room and informing doctors that he underwent a sex change operation and is pregnant. A patient at the hospital reporedly said: “Everyone was in shock. He looked like a man in every way and insisted that medical staff address him as a male.”
In 2010, American trans man Thomas Beatie gave birth to his third child. Mr Beatie, who was born female, had his first child in 2008 because his wife Nancy was unable to conceive.
Before starting a family, Mr Beatie had been on hormone treatments, but stopped taking them in order to resume menstruating and conceive through artificial insemination. Speaking to Oprah Winfrey in April 2008, he said: “I actually opted not to do anything to my reproductive organs because I wanted to have a child one day. I see pregnancy as a process and it doesn’t define who I am.”
Article: 16th January 2012 www.pinknews.co.uk
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