Two identical twin sisters in Brazil underwent double gender confirmation surgery for the first time for medical reasons.
Mayla Rezende and Sofia Albuquerck, who grew up in the small town of Tapira in southwestern Brazil, were born with male sexual parts, but they say they always knew they were girls.
“I was blowing dandelion seeds in the air and I wished God would turn me into a girl,” Rezende, a 19-year-old brunette studying medicine, said in an interview with AFP. “I always loved my body, but I didn’t like my genitals.”
Although gender reassignment surgery is covered by Brazil’s nationalized medical care, clinics are few and far between, and the waiting list can be long.
The girls planned to travel to Thailand for their procedures, but were able to stay there. They hired a private physician, with the financial help of his grandfather, who auctioned the property to fund the nearly $ 20,000 operations.
On February 11 and 12, the sisters received surgeries to affirm their gender identity.
Dr. José Carlos Martins of the Transgender Center Brazil performed five-hour surgeries on the sisters one day apart.
“This is the only case reported in the world of twins who were supposedly male at birth and underwent female gender confirmation surgery together,” said the doctor.
The girls were very late in arriving, who reportedly suffered sexual harassment and harassment in their youth.
Brazil is well known for being one of the most transphobic countries, although the US also has its share of tragic anti-trans attacks. Last year alone, 175 trans people were killed in Brazil, according to the National Association of Transvestites and Transsexuals of Brazil (ANTRA), the most of any country.
Still, young women praise their parents for accepting them. Rezende called his mother a “lioness” and added: “she fiercely protected us.” The twins have two more sisters.
Albuquerck, who is studying for a degree in civil engineering in São Paulo, said: “I am proud to be a trans woman.” She told the French media outlet: “I have lived in fear of society for too long.”
When her sister saw herself after surgery, she burst into tears.
“When I woke up, I couldn’t believe it,” he said. “It is something that is still sinking. I no longer feel that discomfort when lying down or sitting down. It is something wonderful “.