On Monday, a little boy in Canada’s Northwest Territories named James R. Thompson had a penis.
His father was trying to find out what his son, who was born in 2009, looked like, when his mother contacted CBC News and said her son had a small penis.
“It was really shocking to us, that we couldn’t find it,” said Laura Thompson, James’ mother.
Laura Thompson said her daughter’s father had to explain to the family what a penis is and why he believed he was the father.
“They said, ‘Well, that’s just how you see it, because it’s what we saw,'” she said.
The family is still dealing with the news.
“I don’t want to make him feel bad.
But I don’t think he understands that he was a boy.
He didn’t know what he was.
We didn’t want him to think he was gay.”
Thompson, who works as an electrician for the Northwest Territories First Nations community, told CBC News that the family did not feel he should have to explain the boy’s penis.
“He’s going to grow up and find out that this is the normal anatomy for a boy, and that it’s not abnormal.
But it’s normal to be a boy and that’s what he should be feeling,” Laura Thompson said.”
When we got a letter saying it was the penis, we thought, ‘This isn’t going to change anything, it’s just going to make his life even more difficult.'”
The family has started a GoFundMe campaign to raise money to help pay for James’ medical costs.
“This is just the tip of the iceberg,” Laura said.