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Trans Teen overcome with emotion when mum presents her with first dose of hormone therapy

David Kearns

Published 29/09/2015 | 18:22

Corey Maison with her mum Erica Maison Credit: Youtube
Corey Maison with her mum Erica Maison Credit: Youtube

Watch the emotional moment a 14-year-old transgender teen receives her first dose of oestrogen – something she has spent more than two years waiting for.

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Illinois teen Corey Maison (14) had been waiting two and a half years to begin hormone therapy and her mother Erica Maison wanted to make sure she did not miss the moment.

In the video, the mother-of-five instructs her daughter to reach behind a cushion on their couch and see what is hidden behind it.

The clip, uploaded to YouTube, shows the moment Corey realises what is inside the box.

“She squeezed me, and I stopped the camera so I could hug her back. Neither of us let go for what seemed like an eternity,” Ms Maison told Buzzfeed News.

“We were both crying and shaking. She literally took my breath away, as she has never given me a hug like that before. I have never felt so much love from her than that moment. It was a mixture of pure joy and relief from us both.

“This was it, this was the most pivotal turning point in her life, and we both knew it.”

The family’s therapist, along with a medical team in Chicago, determined that the US teen was ready to start hormone therapy in August 2015, as she would be 14 years old.

“All we had to do was wait for the therapist to send over the ‘readiness’ letter to Chicago. We waited, and waited, and waited,” Ms Maison said.

This week, she finally received a phone call from the pharmacy letting her know her daughter’s oestrogen prescription was ready to be picked up.

“It was so surreal. I was shaking and crying the entire trip to the pharmacy. I was trying to think of the best way.”

The mum posted the touching video to YouTube, both in celebration of her daughter and as a hopeful message for other children and families going through the same journey.

She explains: “I want people to watch this video, and see the raw emotion of a transgender child that can finally live her life the way she feels inside.

“I want people to see this, because maybe it will open their eyes… to anyone who’s different. Maybe make them realize that people who are transferring are people just like them…

We all just want to be loved and accepted by others, and that is all I want for my daughter, to be loved and accepted for who she is inside.”

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