An Australian boy who pleaded with his mother to allow him to make the transition into a girl has now had a change of heart two years later.
In 2015, Patrick Mitchell, then 12, began taking oestrogen hormones in a bid to become a female after a doctor diagnosed him with gender dysphoria.
People with the condition suffer distress as a result of a mismatch between their biological sex and gender identity.
‘You wish you could just change everything about you, you just see any girl and you say I’d kill to be like that’, Patrick told 60 Minutes’ Ross Coulthart.
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His mother was fully supportive of her son and gave the go ahead for the transition after years of evidence suggesting it was the right choice.
‘When he was young he would dress up in girls’ clothes and at one stage he did say to me could he be taken to the doctor to be made into a girl’, she said.
But after growing out his hair and the hormones taking control of his body by producing breasts, the unthinkable happened.
‘He looked me in the eye and said “I’m just not sure that I am a girl”‘, his mother revealed.
After teachers began to call Patrick a girl, he questioned whether he had made the right decision.
‘I began to realise I was actually comfortable in my body. Every day I just felt better,’ he told Now To Love.
In his bid to revert back to his original body, he has stopped taking his medication but there is uncertainty as to whether the changes are irreversible.
‘Your boy’s got breasts’, Ross Coulthart reminded his mother.
Regardless of what lies ahead, his mother has commended her son’s bravery for speaking out.
‘That moment between parent and child when you know it’s taken every drop of courage for that child to speak up… I didn’t know what the coming days would bring, but I knew his thoughts had caught up with his body.’
Patrick’s story is revealed in Channel 9’s 60 Minutes to be aired at 8.30pm on Sunday.