PASIR PUTEH - A mother is in dilemma after she gave birth to two hermaphrodites as it will involve thousands of ringgit to treat them and to decide on their gender forever.
Five-year-old Nor Intan Syamimi Mohd Rahim was born with both male and female genitals, five years ago.
Her sibling Liahana Dalisya, who was born two months ago, also has the same physical complication.
This has put Noraziani Rameli, 30, and her husband Mohd Rahim Yusof, 40, of Kampung Gong Tambak, Tasek Pauh in Selising here in a quandary although both children are more feminine in nature.
"I know it is very expensive to remove the male genitals and we cannot afford to pay for the operations to remove the organs. That is why I am appealing to anybody to help us. We need to decide on our children's gender before they grow up and we do not want them to be khunsa (hermaphrodites)," Noraziani said at her home here yesterday.
The couple decided to give their children female names in their birth certificates as they have more female tendencies.
Noraziani revealed that although her daughters were feminine, their male organs were just as active as their female organs.
She said that the male organ was causing pain to her daughters, especially when they urinate.
"Our monthly check-up with the specialist at the Hospital Univeristi Sains Malaysia (HUSM) for Nor Intan in Kubang Kerian is burdening. We now have our our youngest child facing the same problem and that is why in this holy month, we want to make this appeal," she said, adding that they already owed HUSM RM700 (S$276).
She said Nor Intan had refused to leave their house and play outside because she was afraid of being mocked by her friends.
A hermaphrodite is a person or animal having both male and female sex organs or other sexual characteristics, either abnormally or naturally.