A California man decided to undergo gender reassignment surgery at the age of 42, but eight years later, he made the unusual decision to reverse the procedure and go back to being a man. Now, he says he should never have been allowed to have the surgery in the first place.
Walt Heyer, now 74, says he isn’t the only one who wasn’t properly evaluated before undergoing the procedure in 1983. Heyer says he spent most of his life, from the age of 5, feeling as if he was trapped in the wrong body. As a married father of two, Heyer decided he needed to have a sex change just barely into his 40s, but now, 32 years later, he says doctors failed to properly evaluate his motives.
“Immediately after the procedure, you're in a state of euphoria because you battle it for so long,” Heyer told Daily Mail. “You think this is wonderful and fabulous and you think your life's going to be good and then as time goes on, there's this funny little thing that happens in life. It's called reality.”
Heyer reveals that he had his male genitalia removed in the first procedure and got breast implants to make the full transition to female. While going through the transition and taking hormones, Heyer says he faced a lot of discrimination.
“I ended up for a long time unemployed and trying to figure out what to do,” Heyer revealed. “I went to over 200 interviews before I got a job, because people don't really want a transgender person — they don't want to hire them, so it took a long time.”
Heyer says some time after his procedure, he decided his desire to be a woman came from trauma suffered during his childhood, but at that point, going by the name Laura Jensen, he was unable to reverse the procedure safely.
Now, years after making the decision to once again live as a man, Heyer says he doesn’t believe people are born transgender.
“Gender dysphoria is a psychological condition where you are dissatisfied with your gender,” Heyer claims. “Nobody's ever born a transgender. They're manufactured as a result of something, a developmental childhood issue that has yet to be determined for many people. In retrospect, I can see that changing genders, quite frankly is just pure foolishness.”
In his interview with the Daily Mail, Heyer goes on to describe his childhood and all that happened to him that ultimately led him to drastically change who he was. Heyer says he lost his wife and two children when he decided to become a female, and although the relationships with his children have now been repaired, he still has the deal with the effects of his decision.
These days, Heyer runs a website called Sex Change Regret, where he unofficially counsels people who deal with regret after undergoing gender reassignment surgery as well as people who are looking to change their gender.