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Woman born without vagina has one made out of fish skin

By Charlie-Michael Pope | 4th June 2018

Jucilene Vagina surgery

A pioneering groundbreaking reconstructive surgery sure to change the world, what can science not do?!

Jucilene Marinho, 23, has become the first women in the world to undergo the life-changing treatment. Jucilene who was born without a vagina underwent surgery that constructed a new vaginal canal out of fish skin.


Jucilene Vagina surgery

The incredible life-altering operation took place at the Federal University of Ceara (UFC), Brazil, in April last year but only recently revealed confirmed it was a success. Patient Jucilene Marinho, 23, has now spoken for the first time and talked about how the Sci-Fi like operation using the skin of the tilapia fish has changed her life and allowed her to have sex for the first time.

Jucilene Vagina surgery

The treatment, which was led by gynaecologist, Dr. Leonardo Bezerra, is the faster, cheaper and less aggressive than the conventional method used for sufferers of Mayer-Rokitansky-Küster-Hauser (MRKH). This super rare congenital disorder affects approximately one in 5,000 newborn girls and results in the absence of some or all of the female reproductive organs.

Jucilene Vagina surgery

So how does it work? Well, the game-changing treatment involves making an opening space between the patient’s vagina and anus then continuing by inserting a tubular mould lined with the skin of the freshwater fish.

Then once in contact with the patient’s body, the tilapia skin reacts to the surgery, acting like stem cells absorbing and transforming into cellular tissue forming the walls of the canal, similar to that of an actual vagina. Gosh, Science is awesome!

Jucilene Vagina surgery

Of course, there is much more to the fish side of this. Before being used, the fish skin undergoes many special cleansing and sterilisation processes in the lab followed by irradiation to kill all viruses which could be present in the fish.

This process removes every single scale of the fish along with the smell, which results in a light-coloured gel dressing that can be stored for up to two years in refrigerated sterile packaging.

Jucilene Marinho life has reached a new level of happiness. Back in her youth, she was given the crushing news there was nothing but connective tissue behind the skin blocking the opening of her vagina.
“I cried a lot when I found out, I thought my world had ended. I’d always dreamed of having a baby of my own now I had to accept that wouldn’t be possible.”

From then she fell into a deep depression, scared she would never experience a full intimate and loving relationship. It worsened when an ex-teenage boyfriend mocked her, breaking up with her after discovering the disorder.

Last year was when her life would change for all the better! Six months after agreeing to become the first women to have the experimental procedure, Jucilene was finally able to have sex for the first time in her life with her partner Marcus Santos, 24.

Jucilene Vagina surgery

Jucilene has been with Marcus for over a year now and he has supported her throughout every moment and day. If this isn’t true love I don’t know what is, and it goes to show love is more then the body its what on the inside that deeply matters!

With the way science is moving making new breakthroughs all the time, more woman such as Jucilene will be able to live the life they desire!



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