Dr Jesnoor Dayara was born as a man, but she always felt like a woman. In a rare incident, the first transwoman doctor from Gujarat cryopreserved four vials of semen at Dr Nayana Patel’s hospital in Anand for a sex change surgery, so that she can be a biological mother to her child in future.
Growing up in a small town of Godhra in Panchmahal, the 25-year-old grew up to become a doctor after earning an MBBS degree from a Russian university.
Going abroad for studies was liberating for Dr Dayara and helped her break the cage that kept her emotions, identity and instincts trapped. With a dream to mother a child that is biologically hers, she wanted to give birth to a child with her own frozen semen.
She thus can biologically father a child which she then can raise as a mother. This will be medically possible with the help of a donor egg and a surrogate mother.
“Goddess Kali has given me the strength to become a woman. A woman can be a father, a mother, and a friend as the need arises. A uterus does not make a mother, a loving heart does,” she told the media.
"If everything goes well and the uterus transplant is done well, I can conceive my own baby through IVF. I want to be a mother of my own child or I will go for surrogacy to become a mother," she added.
The entire process is not as easy to perform in India as it sounds. According to the Surrogacy (Regulation) Bill, 2019 which is yet to be passed by the Upper House of the Parliament, LGBTQ couples, live-in couples, and single males cannot opt for surrogacy in India.
Dr Dayara said that as a doctor she feels that India should allow trans persons to become parents via surrogacy. "As a country, we need to be compassionate to each human's biological desires," she added.
The young doctor is planning to undergo an enabling sex-change surgery and further plans to settle abroad as there are no strict laws for surrogacy and pregnancy.
(Edited by Amrita Ghosh)