An Indian man was admitted to a hospital near Bhopal, Madhya Pradesh, after complaining of severe stomach pains. When doctors, who suspected a normal hernia, carried out an exploratory operation, they discovered the pains had been caused by a female uterus, ovaries, Fallopian tubes, a cervix and underdeveloped vaginal tissue.
The 35-year-old man, identified as Ryalu, had not suffered any problems until the stomach pains that led him to the hospital.
Dr Pramod Kumar Shrivastava, a surgeon at the Chhindwara district hospital told the Telegraph that the patient had external male organs and was a fit man working in the fields and living a normal life.
"Usually the contents of the hernia sac are abdomen organs like large intestines and small intestines, but when we operated on the patient we were surprised to find female reproductive organs. We have removed the organs through a hysterectomy and repaired the hernia.
"The sac contained a quite developed uterus, both the ovaries, Fallopian tubes, cervix and a tissue which is undeveloped but apparently looks like vaginal tissue," Dr. Shrivastava explained.
The patient, a father of two, is said to have been as stunned as the doctors.
"The external reproductive organs of the patient were masculine and he has no problems whatsoever with his sexuality. He had functional male genitals and there was no formation of breasts in the patient. It's an embryological accident at the time of embryonic formation," Dr. Shrivastava added.