Indya Moore Is "Happy and Shocked" By News of Uterus Transplant For Transgender Woman
LOS ANGELES, CALIFORNIA - MARCH 13: Indya Moore attends the 27th Annual Critics Choice Awards at Fairmont Century Plaza on March 13, 2022 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Matt Winkelmeyer/Getty Images)
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Indya Moore is one step closer to fulfilling her "instinctive desire" to bear a child. After hearing that a surgeon in India is planning to transplant a donated uterus into a transgender woman, the 'Pose' actor took to Instagram to share his excitement and sense of possibility.
"I remember when I was 17 or 18 I had a dream that I just gave birth to. I remember holding my baby. Psychologically, my mind has always been aligned to perceive my body's capabilities and capacity for childbirth," they wrote in the Post. Moore also wrote about her experience of being ostracized at school and as an adult for being a "gender woman."
Through it all, Moore's desire to have a child persisted. "I've always had a very strong instinctive desire not just to raise a child, but to bear one—throughout my childhood in my transgender adolescence and even now. (I just want to clarify that wanting to bear a child doesn't necessarily mean anything to do with my gender identity. Femininity =/= Birth)," they wrote.
Reading the news, Moore got emotional: "I've always said I would risk my life to bring one [a child] into this world - ridiculous as it seems. Not being able to do that was self-loathing. I am so happy & shocked to hear this news. Trans women are just another group of women who cannot give birth but are still women. This news is beyond."
This isn't the first time a trans woman has attempted a uterine transplant. A Danish painter and trans woman named Lili Elbe (the subject of the film The Danish Girl) received the first known uterus transplant in 1931, but died three months later from complications of organ rejection. Uterine transplants in cisgender women have been successful ever since, with the first taking place in Sweden in 2014. As of 2020, about 100 uterine transplants have been performed worldwide, 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 on a transgender woman -- is hopeful about the surgery. "This is the future," he said in an interview with "Mirror". While the surgery date has not yet been announced, Dr. Kaushik: "We have our plans and we are very, very optimistic about them."
Hopefully, if the surgery is successful, it will spur more hospitals and medical centers across the US to expand their research and make this surgery a possibility for more trans women. "If my body can handle it and with the right medical research and support, I would definitely volunteer for this procedure," Moore concluded her Instagram post. We keep our fingers crossed for you, Indya!
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