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A pregnant man who used to be a woman has shown Oprah Winfrey the images from his 4d ultrasound scan, proving that his pregnancy is not a hoax.
Thomas Beatie, 34, of Oregon, claimed he was pregnant in an article in a gay magazine last month, but had, until his meeting with the chat show host, remained silent about his extraordinary tale.
Many observers, including Mr Beatie's neighbours, thought the story was a hoax after he said he would not give any interviews until April Fools Day.
There was also speculation that the story could be connected to a new television series which plays pranks on the media.
But in his interview for The Oprah Winfrey Show, to be broadcast in the US tonight, Mr Beatie reveals that, as a female called Tracy Lagondino, he used to date men in his teens.
Before having gender reassignment surgery, Miss Lagondino was encouraged to model by her dad and even became a Miss Hawaii Teen USA finalist.
She had always felt male however and was apparently shocked by her physical changes during puberty.
In her 20s she became more masculine, had a lesbian relationship and researched what it meant to be a transgender male.
She began taking testosterone with the help of a physician, and met the woman who was later to become Mr Beatie's wife, Nancy.
He is now legally male after having his breasts surgically removed but making the decision to keep his female reproductive organs.
"I wanted to have a child one day," he told Oprah. "I didn't know how. It was just a dream."
He conceived through donor sperm as Mrs Beatie was unable to, having suffered severe endometriosis and undergone a hysterectomy.
"I have a very stable male gender identity," he said. "I see pregnancy as a process, and it doesn't define who I am. It's not a male or female desire to want to have a child…it's a human desire.
"I'm a person, and I have the right to have my own biological child."
An article written by Mr Beatie last month, in which he was pictured topless with a swollen belly, made headlines around the world.
The news triggered heated discussion among ethicists and family groups.
Armen Hareyan, publisher and CEO of eMaxHealth, an independent health news website, said: "As a Christian I believe this is morally wrong. I feel that this is just too far and that they are trying to do an experiment with the child.
"If they wanted to have a child, they could take an infant from an orphanage. They should not be doing this."
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