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My mother was surprised I had male and female sexual organs - 7 months ago, 12 July 09:01

By: Gloria Aradi

With broad shoulders and muscular arms, James Karanja looks like a typical young man with everything going for him.

But behind Karanja’s confidence is a sad story of a man who has struggled with an agonising identity crisis for as long as he can remember.

Karanja is an intersex, meaning his sex characteristics cannot be exclusively defined as male or female.

“My mother delivered me at home and she was surprised that I had male and female sexual organs. She was confused; she did not know whether I was a boy or a girl, so she took me to hospital,” he said.

It is at the hospital that doctors advised Karanja’s parents to let him grow and give him the chance to decide his gender when old enough.

His parents raised him as a girl, naming him Mary Waithera. However, giving birth to an intersex put pressure on his parents’ marriage and they soon separated.

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