Brazilian Woman Born Without A Vagina Has A New One Made Using Fish Skin
A 23-year-old university student from Brazil has received pioneering surgery to have a new vaginal canal constructed out of skin from the tilapia fish.
Jucilene Marinho was born with a condition that left her without a cervix or ovaries. The condition, a congenital disorder, is believed to affect 1 in 4,500 girls.
Marinho took park in a procedure at the Federal University of Ceara (UFC), Brazil. Researchers at the UFC treated the fish’s skin to turn it into cellular tissue that was later molded with silicone. Thanks to the surgery she has been able to have sex with her partner. Describing the experience, she said: “It was a wonderful moment because everything worked perfectly. There was no pain; just a great deal of pleasure and satisfaction.”
The fish skin undergoes a special cleaning and sterilisation process in the lab followed by irradiation to kill viruses. Reports state that the fish skin was then absorbed into her body and transformed into tissue that lines the vaginal tract.
Marinho has reportedly thanked the UFC team for their work in the surgery, also telling reporters: “It felt so good to have something the majority of women take for granted.”