The Ramirez brothers, a trio who grew breasts due to a rare genetic disorder, are happy to now be able to live “a normal life” after going under the knife, the Daily Mail reported.
The boys, aged 11, 12 and 17, who recently underwent a painful surgery to remove fully formed breasts, are from the southern rural town of Magueyal. They say they are glad they will no longer be bullied, beaten or degraded for their “moobs”.
Yeuri, 17, told local TV: “It hurt a lot but now I feel good. Now they can’t make fun of us anymore.”
The story of the boys with breasts was hard for some to believe, but the boys’ father, Felipe, was desperate to get help for his sons, even reaching out to specialists through a television news programme Zona5.
Felipe is a single father and works as a food stall seller, so he could hardly afford the surgery for all three of his boys.
Medics at the Marcelino Velez Santana Hospital soon came to his rescue, and the hospital’s head, Dr. Pedro Antonio Delgado, agreed to pay for the operations.
After tests to see if Yeuri, his 11-year-old brother Gabriel and 12-year-old Daniu could undergo treatment, they each went under the knife for two hours, the Mail reported.
After the operation, for the condition called gynecomastia which affects males who have a hormonal imbalance, Dr Elbi Morla told the show: “In reality, this is a key moment in their evolution.
“It was something that was affecting them greatly.”
Their father, Felipe, expressed gratitude for the help, saying “they are now normal men. They have had them taken off. I never had the hope that this would happen.”
“I never had the money to do this. I’m so thankful to the press for helping.”
The work is not done. Doctors say they will monitor the boys’ development and give them medication to curb the female hormones their bodies are producing.
The condition is genetic, doctors explain, adding that it was most likely caused by a hormonal anomaly passed on through generations of the area’s small congenital gene pool.