The daily wire reports, 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.
The young man has finally ceased his hormone therapy and is scheduled to go under the knife to remove his female breasts.
The harsh truth is, the adults surrounding Mitchell who encouraged his transition failed him. While they might have had good intentions, facilitating a young boy's "transition" comes with life-long emotional and physical affects. Studies have found that upward of 80% of children who suffer from gender confusion grow out of it before adulthood, eventually identifying with the sex they were born.
As Daily Wire Editor-in-Chief Ben Shapiro put it, "Adults should be free to make decisions about their sexuality and their bodies. But children should not be subjected to the whims of politically driven adults when it comes to massive bodily mutilation that impairs function for a lifetime – all before the child has experienced puberty."