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India Moore is one step closer to fulfilling their “innate desire” to have a child. After hearing that a surgeon in India was planning to transplant a donated uterus into a transgender woman, the “Pose” actor took to Instagram to share his excitement and feelings of possibility.
In the post, they wrote, “I remember when I was 17 or 18, I had a dream I had just given birth. I remember holding my baby. Psychologically, my mind was always connected to realize my body’s abilities and ability to give birth.” Moore also wrote about her experiences with being ostracized in school and as an adult for being a “transgender woman.”
Through it all, Moore’s desire to have a child remained. “I’ve always had a very strong instinctive desire, not just to raise a child, but to carry a child — throughout my childhood in my transgender youth, and now too. (I just want to be clear that wanting to have a child has nothing to do necessarily with my gender identity.) femininity =/= birth),” they wrote.
Reading the news made Moore feel emotional: “I’ve always said, I’d risk my life to get one [a child] In this world – ridiculous as it seemed to be unable to do so was self-hatred. I am so happy and shocked to discover this news. Trans women, just another group of women who can’t have children, however, are still women. This news is further than that.”
This isn’t the first time a trans woman has attempted uterine transplant surgery. Danish painter and trans woman named Lily Elbe (the subject of the film danish girl) The first known uterine transplant was performed in 1931 but died three months later from complications of organ rejection. Since then, uterine transplants have been successful in gender-smart women, with the first transplant performed in 2014 in Sweden. As of 2020, nearly 100 uterine transplants have been performed in the world, including 30 in the United States.
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Narendra Kaushik, MD – the doctor in New Delhi, India, who is expected to perform the upcoming uterine transplant for a transgender woman – is hoping for the surgery. “This is the future,” he said in an interview with “Mirror”. While the date of the surgery has yet to be announced, Dr. Kaushik said, “We have our plans in place, and we are very optimistic about that.”
If the operation is successful, it is hoped that it will spur more hospitals and medical centers in the United States to expand their research and make this surgery possible for more trans women. “If my body is able to handle it, and with medical research and the right support, I would totally volunteer to be a candidate for this procedure,” Moore closed their Instagram post. We’re keeping our fingers crossed for you, India!