Love & Family

‘She tried to cut off her own penis’

Aussie mum shares the terrifying moment she discovered her little boy wanted to be a girl
Emma was re-enrolled as a female student at school.
Emma was re-enrolled as a female student at school.
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Mum-of-four, Meagan Hayes, has shared the details of the horrible moment she discovered just how unhappy her child was.

Speaking with 60 Minutes Meagan describes that at only four – Emma had tried to cut off her own penis.

‘I found her in the room just with a knife and pants down, and she tried to cut off her own penis,’ Mrs Hayes said.

‘[She] wanted to cut it off. She just didn’t want it there. She didn’t think it belonged there. She only ended up with a little scratch.’

Four years later, Emma was diagnosed with gender dysphoria –  a condition where a person’s gender identity doesn’t align with their biological sex.

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Since that moment her family have been working toward helping Emma transition.

They re-enrolled her in school as a female student, and allowed her to make decisions about clothes and make-up that better suit who she feels she is.

Meagan Hayes describes Emma's diagnosis
Meagan shares with 60 Minutes the moment she found Emma. (Credit: Nine)

The next step is hormone treatment to prevent Emma having to go through the changes puberty will bring.

‘She’s been extremely worried about her Adam’s apple. Obviously, nothing’s changed whatsoever but, in her head, it’s that obvious fear that, ‘Oh, my god, I’m turning into a man!” her mum says.

Whether Emma decides to undergo further interventions will be up to her.

Emma was re-enrolled as a female student at school.
Emma was re-enrolled as a female student at school. (Credit: Nine)

Meagan and David have no doubts that they’re doing the right thing by their girl.

‘I couldn’t see a future for Emma if we had forced her to be Ronan, I don’t think she would be here,’ David says.

Emma Hayes on 60 minutes
Emma’s parents are sure they have done right by their girl. (Credit: Nine)

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