As a parent, there aren’t many things more important that your child’s happiness. Most parents would do anything within their powers to make sure their kids were happy.
One loving mama gave her daughter a pretty amazing gift, and captured the teen’s reaction on film. US mama, Erica Maison, hid a long awaited and much wanted surprise for her 14-year-old transgender daughter, Corey, and filmed the reaction.
Corey, a transgender teen from Detroit, had waited over two years to begin hormone replacement therapy. Though she had been through the official process, Corey had no idea how long it might take to get her first hormones.
Erica picked up the hormones while Corey was at school, and decided to surprise her daughter with them. The mother of five hid a bag under a cushion on the sofa, and told Corey to take a peek.
After taking a moment to read the packaging, Corey suddenly breaks out into a huge smile and leaps up to give her mama a hug. The heartwarming video has been viewed over 5 million times since it was uploaded last month.
“This Was The Most Pivotal Turning Point In Her Life”
Erica told Buzzfeed, “This was it, this was the most pivotal turning point in her life, and we both knew it.”
The video is cut short for a well deserved hug between mama and daughter. Erica said of the moments after filming ceased, “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.”
Erica hopes the video will help to raise awareness of trans issues: “I think one of the biggest issues with our society today is that people just don’t understand what being transgender actually means. 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. Open their eyes to anyone who’s different. Maybe make them realize that people who are transgender are people just like them, but also people that are at much higher risk for violence and ridicule, over something they had no choice in. I promise you that no child wants to be made fun of, no child ever wants to be hurt, or picked on. No child would ever choose to be transgender, it is 100% how they are born.”
Recommended Reading: For more videos of mama-daughter cuteness, check out Blindfolded Children Find Their Mamas.