With guidance from medical professionals and his own mother, a 12-year-old Australian boy suffering from gender confusion began to transition into a “female.” Just two years later, the young man told his mom he felt like his born sex again, and is now in the painful process of transitioning back, which includes surgery.
Patrick Mitchell was diagnosed with gender dysphoria at age 12, meaning he viewed himself as a female although he was born a biological male.
“When he was young, he would dress up in girl’s clothes. And at one stage, he did say to me, could he be taken to the doctor to be made a girl,” said the boy’s mother.
Although he was just a child, Mitchell was put on estrogen hormones to begin his transition. He subsequently began to grow breasts and also grew out his hair.
“You wish you could just change everything about you, you just see any girl and you say I’d kill to be like that,” Mitchell, now 14, told 60 Minutes Australia.
Now, just two years since the start of his transition, Mitchell says he feels like his biological sex.
“I began to realize I was actually comfortable in my body. Every day I just felt better,” he said.
The teen recognized that his gender confusion began to dissipate when his school teachers started referring to him as a female.
“He looked me in the eye and said ‘I’m just not sure that I am a girl,’” recalled Mitchell’s mother.
The young man has finally ceased his hormone therapy and is scheduled to go under the knife to remove his female breasts.