A woman on TikTok has gone viral for defending her decision to let her 17-year-old son have top surgery.
@jannatransmomma opened up in a powerful 58-second video responding to criticism she's received, for example:
"That's child abuse."
But the proud mom revealed in her video that the result speaks for itself.
She captioned the video:
“Cody’s heart is so full."
She began the TikTok by listing the aforementioned negative remarks she's endured from others and then added:
“Until you look at the really, really happy kid who walked out of the doctor’s office today, feeling really great about himself for the first time in I don’t even know how long.”
The video then turned to face her son, Cody, as he left the doctor's office after seeing his post-top surgery chest for the first time, and his face tells the viewer everything they need to know.
His mom asked:
“What did it feel like when you saw your chest for the first time?”
To which Cody replied:
*Cue the tears*
Cody then emotionally explained:
"I'm really happy."
"It finally feels right for the first time."
You can watch the TikTok below.
Viewers of the video were also hit with emotions.
And many commended the creator for being supportive and prioritizing her child's happiness.
The TikToker has also stitched some "less informed" videos with details regarding her son's journey.
In one, she started:
“How many times do we have to say this to these idiots who just don’t educate?"
“We are not taking children who say that they’re a boy when they’re born female in to have their breasts removed. It doesn’t work like that.”
She noted it wasn't a decision the family took lightly, and they waited until just a month before Cody's 18th birthday, adding:
“That was with a lot of meetings with doctors, therapists, his father, myself...and he came out [at the] age of fifteen.”
“We are not just sending these kids to surgeons to have body parts removed. That doesn’t happen."
You can watch below.
She finished her video with a powerful message:
“If you love your child and you let them guide you, one of two things is going to happen."
“They’re going to come out trans when they’re old enough to really make that decision, as far as medical intervention is what I’m talking about.”
“You’re either going to see that unfold or they’re going to say, ‘Yeah, I’m not really a boy.'"
“Either way, their relationship with you will not be tarnished because they know that my mom loved me no matter what my decisions were.”
Take note, parents.