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Determined 'Not to Die a Human,' Transgender Dragon Lady Spent $60K to Confirm 'Second Birth'

a person smiles and sticks out a forked tongue, without ears but with horns on its head and an altered nose.

A 55-year-old dragon lady born "Richard Hernandez" has spent around $60,000 to transform into a transgender dragon lady, "Eva Tiamat Baphomet Medusa." This self-mutilated person has insisted that people refer to it not as "he" or even "she," but as "it." In a recent interview, it revealed why it made this decision: it was determined "not to die a human" after being diagnosed with HIV in 1997.

"My big thing though was I didn't want to die in this world looking like a human," Medusa told the Wizard of Odd TV. "As much awesomeness and goodness there is in humans, compared to other species they are the most destructive and hateful. I decided at that time, that it was time for a change in my life, so I wanted to look like something that wasn't human."

Rather than changing up routine, going on a vacation, or trying a new career like many in a mid-life crisis, Medusa decided to reject the entire human race, and was willing to shell out a fortune in the process.

According to Britain's The Daily Mail, the dragon lady paid $60,000 for body alterations, and still plans on spending another $40,000 to complete the process.

"I have eight horns on my forehead; I have had my ears removed; my nose reshaped; most of my teeth removed; I've had the white-part of my eyes stained; my tongue bifurcated; my whole face is tattooed and I've had some scarification and branding on my chest and wrist," Medusa told the Wizard of Odd. It added, "For me, my transformation is the greatest journey of my life."

The beast expressed hope that its story would inspire others who had lost hope. "I hope that my story will help other people — not only those who have gone through hard times, but also people who have lost hope."

"I myself know what it's like to be at that point," Medusa explained. "Before my transformation I was vice president of one of the largest banks in the U.S. and I left when because I became HIV positive and feared I was going to die."

The beast mentioned a quasi-spiritual "second birth" to non-human parents. "I have two mothers: One is my original birth mother and my second birth is to my reptilian parents, which are the rattlesnakes."

Medusa presented itself as a pioneer in human identity. "There's a lot of misunderstanding about what it means to be transsexual and then further than that — something that I'm introducing — the idea of trans-speciesism," it said.

"I consider myself not just to be human anymore; I'm human and reptilian," Medusa said. "My greatest desire in life is to continue my body modification until my metamorphosis is complete. This is what drives me — this is the reason why I get up every day and live."