Megan Hayes says the moment she realised her young daughter was different from her two older sons is still clear in her mind.
The four-year-old, Hayes said, “wanted to cut it off. She just didn’t want it there. She didn’t think it belonged there.”
Born Ronan, Megan and husband David Hayes say their third child began showing dysphoric behaviour early on in life, preferring dolls, wigs and dress-ups to more traditional boys toys.
"We just put it down to a phase, and thinking 'okay well, she's just a bit different to my first two boys' and left it at that," the Caboolture mum said before admitting that the cutting incident was the turning point for the family, realising that this was far more than just a phase.