Mar 26,2008 00:00
BEND, Ore. -- An Oregon man who had been a woman before undergoing a sex change claims to be expecting a child.
In an article in The Advocate, Thomas Beatie said he kept his female reproductive organs, although he had surgery to reconstruct his breasts and testosterone therapy. He said he decided to have a child because his wife is unable to conceive and stopped the testosterone.
Some of Beatie's neighbors say they believe the pregnancy is a hoax. The photograph in The Advocate showing what appears to be a visibly pregnant man is evidence to the contrary, they say.
"Quite frankly, I think it's a hoax. I saw him a few days ago and he didn't look like that," said neighbor Ron Schlieper. "He was walking down the street with who I thought was his wife, Nancy, and I don't recall seeing a belly if that was a month ago. He would have been much bigger just a few days ago."
In his article, Beatie said he plans to be his daughter's father in terms of family role, while his wife will be the mother.
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