Monday, 5 November 2012
MEET THE SEX CHANGE PATIENT: He was born a boy, became a girl last year, and now wants to be a boy again
Ria Cooper made headlines last year when she (He) became Britain’s youngest sex change patient aged 17, after years of begging her family and the NHS to turn her in to a girl.
But now, having lived as a women for less than a year the 18-year has decided to change back in to a man after suffering huge mental anguish as a woman.
She has cancelled the full sex change operation that was scheduled for January and ceased the female hormone therapy that has seen her develop breasts saying that she has found the changes overwhelming and that they have made her deeply unhappy.
Ria Cooper became Britain’s youngest sex change patient last year aged 17 but today admits that living as a woman has made her miserable
She told told the Sunday Mirror: ‘The hormones have made me feel up and down. One minute I feel moody and the next minute I feel really happy.’
‘The night I tried to slash my wrists I’d downed a bottle of Jack Daniel’s and just thought about how alone I am, and how my decision has alienated my family and how I will have to become a boy again to resolve it.’
Born a male called Brad, Ms Cooper began dressing as a girl aged 12, and at 15-years-old begged doctors to help her become a woman.
But she has failed to find happiness as a female, even admitting to dabbling in prostitution in an attempt to counteract the loneliness she felt .
Ms Cooper also says the hormone injections left her with extreme emotions and a high sex drive, but that she can not find the love she craves with either sex.
She believes she will have better luck in love as a 'trendy' gay man, and that returning to being a male will help heal the damaged relationships with her family.
‘I don’t want to live in isolation, away from everyone I love. This is the only way forward. I just want to be happy and this is my last chance.’
Ria hopes that becoming a man again will help fix her broken relationship with her family
She said: 'I don't want to live in isolation, away from everyone I love. This is the only way forward. I just want to be happy and this is my last chance.'
Ms Cooper who was training to be a hair dresser as Bradley, believed at the age of 16 she was old enough to make the life-changing decision to give her 'peace of mind'.
In 2010 Ms Cooper- then Bradley- told the News of the World: 'I hate my body as it is now. I've known for years I'm a woman - I think and act like a woman, not a man. I don't want years of misery.
'I want it done as soon as possible so I can be the person physically that I am on the inside.
'People might think I'm too young to make such a huge decision but I know my own mind and this is what I want.'
FIVE persons were killed and over 100 others including children and a priest injured when a church collapsed in Nnewi, Anambra State yesterday.
The incident occurred during the Sunday service.
The elderly wore sullen faces and the youth shouted on top of their voices amid pandemonium at the Ezinifite community, Nnewi South local government, after the incident. The St. Thomas the Aguiros Catholic Church that gave way was under construction.
Over 2000 worshipers were attending mass when the incident occurred. One of the dead, according to church sources was Mrs Okoye the woman leader of Ezinifite Improvement Union (Women President General).
Mrs Okoye, until her death was the step mother of the main financier of the church building project— Chief Leonard Ike Okoye — an Aba-based business mogul.
Our source said the Parish Priest, Rev Fr Cornelius Ezeoliaku, is in an hospital in Nnewi.
But the Financial Secretary of the Ezinifite Improvement Union, Mr John Nwosu, a retired journalist, gave the death toll as three. He said many people were seriously injured.
He added that the church located at Ifite has the highest concentration of worshippers in the village even though Saint Michaels’ is the man Parish. He said as at the time of the collapse the church had over 2,000 worshippers.
Nwosu said the Church was at decking level, adding that the skeleton for roofing was already on before the collapse. He described the incident as a setback and a bad omen for the church and the community. He could not give further details.
The President General of the Community Mr Ike Ifediniru, could not be reached. The community has no traditional ruler for now.
A detachment of the Army and Police was busy assisting victims.
The Catholic Bishop of Nnewi diocese, Most Reverend Hillary Odili Okeke, could not be reached yesterday.
He was said to be abroad.
Actress, Juliet Ibrahim has been accused of trying to start the Halloween tradition in Ghana which her detractors feel is foreign and irrelevant to Ghanaians. Her Halloween party was to raise awareness and funds for her Juliet Ibrahim Foundation for and it was attended by celebrities like Haugen, Pascaline Edwards, Nikki Samonas, Vicky Zugah, Deborah Vanessa, Soraya Mensah, David Osei, KOD, EFYA,Scientific, Kobi Rana, Tinny, Keitta, Princess Shyngle, Jessica Opare Saforo, Ziggy, Sonia Leeyen), Sammy Forson, Moesha , Hammer productions, Salma Mumin and many more. Prince David Osei was awarded best costume of the night and Deborah Vanessa won the sexiest costume of the night.
Ogechukwu Godwin performed a rendition of Davido's hit song "Dami Duro" using the violin at Nigerian got talent. well, this guy's got Talent
Some weeks ago Osita, became the face of Vuzu TV in South Africa. Here are some of the pictures taken during the commercial shoot.