Singer Sade’s transgender son Izaak Adu has shared a sweet post thanking his mother for her support following his gender reassignment surgery on Wednesday.
Izaak, 23, posted a candid message on his Instagram page celebrating his transition alongside a snap of him with his arm around his mum as they had dinner together.
The only child of the Smooth Operator singer came out as transgender in 2016 on Coming Out Day and has since documented his journey on his social media pages.During the the post he also revealed that he will soon be returning home after successfully recovering following his surgery earlier this year, which saw him transition from female to male.
Taking to the social media site, he said: ‘It’s been a long hard road but We did it!! We are coming home!!!! Thank you for staying by my side these past 6 months Mumma.
Thank you for fighting with me to complete the man I am. Thank you for your encouragement when things are hard, for the love you give me.
‘The purest heart. I love you so much. Queen of queens ♥️ #mumma #lioness #queen#iloveyou,’ he captioned the post.’
Izaak – born Mickailia Ila Adu – has previously confessed how ’emotionally exhausting’ his transition has been as he took to Instagram to offer insights into his experience in July.
Sharing a picture of himself in a hospital bed, Izaak wrote: ‘This process is trying, tiring, painful, emotionally exhausting, physically exhausting, uncomfortable (like I can’t sleep like a normal human being rn lol) I often ask myself…
‘Why the f**k do I have to endure this to be who I am” but at the end of the day this is the path that was laid out for me and I’ll walk it to the end.’
Trying times: Sharing a picture of himself in a hospital bed, Izaak wrote: ‘This process is trying, tiring, painful, emotionally exhausting, physically exhausting, uncomfortable (like I can’t sleep like a normal human being rn lol) I often ask myself…
In a phalloplasty, doctors surgically create or recreate a penis.
The procedure is one of several ‘bottom surgeries’ performed as part of a gender affirmation.
Before beginning the medical components of gender affirmation, patients undergo counseling and psychiatric evaluations.
Then, they may begin hormone therapy, and if they so choose, proceed to ‘top’ surgery, to modify the chest to match their gender identity, and ‘bottom surgery.’
Phalloplasties have come a long way since the first one was performed in 1936.
After hormone therapy, but before the phalloplasty, a person transitioning from female to male has to have a procedure called a hysterectomy to remove the uterus at least three months prior to the penis construction.
Doctors harvest ‘flaps’ of tissue – typically from the forearm, but sometimes from the thigh – in order to create the penis’s new exterior and urethra, so this donor area has to be treated with laser hair removal on that the ‘donor area’ that become a penis will look realistic and hair-free.
Then the transition surgery happens in four stages, sometimes done separately, others in one long surgery, lasting between eight and 12 hours.
Surgeons take the donor tissue from the forearm (or other site), then another skin graft, typically taken from the thigh, is then used to cover the forearm donor site.
Then surgeons build the penis and urethra, connecting the latter to the bladder.
In the fourth stage, most patients choose to have doctors insert a pump into the shaft of a penis, which is attached to a prosthetic testicle and saline bag stashed in the abdomen.
With this system, the patient can squeeze the testicle, pumping the saline solution into his new penis so he can get an erection.
The surgery is extensive and complex and has the highest complication rate of any gender affirmation surgery, at just under six percent of all operations.
Most patients spend about a week in the hospital after the operation, it takes about six weeks to be able to do strenuous activity or heavy lifting, and 12 to 118 months to fully heal.
Depending on a patient’s particular preferences, this surgery can cost between $9,500 and $25,000, according to thePhiladelphia Centerfor Transgender Surgery.
Izaak has spent the last six months recovering in a facility after undergoing a phalloplasty, a common surgical choice for transgender and nonbinary people interested in gender confirmation surgery.
Sade share’s her son with reggae music producer Bob Morgan and Izaak has previously recited his dad’s words of wisdom during more trying times.
He posted on his Instagram: ‘My dad always says “keep your eyes on the horizon” and that’s what I do, because through all this pain is the comfort that it’s not forever and I have the rest of my life ahead of me and I am so, SO D**N EXCITED…