Eva Tiamat Medusa, born Richard Hernandez, has laid claim to being the most heavily modified transsexual person in the world. Hailing from Texas, Eva Tiamat Medusa has gained worldwide attention after she revealed the remarkable cosmetic procedures she gone through in order to transform into a reptile, this includes a split tongue, eight horns, and tattooed scale.
In 1997 Eva was living as Richard Hernandez and working as the vice-president of a leading US bank when she was diagnosed with HIV. She says that this is the point where her life completely changed course and she decided she was determined “not to die a human”.
Eva describes how at age 5 she was abandoned by her family and was “born again” under the care of a western diamondback rattlesnake. Now at age 56 she has spent over $60,000 on having her face reshaped and her skin tattooed so as to more closely resemble a reptilian dragon-woman. But Eva still has $40,000 worth of transformation to go, and hopes the experience will open up discussion about ‘trans-speciesism’.
“For me, my transformation is the greatest journey of my life," he said when speaking to press.
“There are profound reasons and deep meanings about my transformation and why I'm doing it.
“I have two mothers: One is my original birth mother and my second birth is to my reptilian parents, which are the rattlesnakes.
“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. 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.
“My big thing though was I didn't want to die in this world looking like a human."
“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.
“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.
“I would like for there to be an open dialogue about the world of body modification and understand what it was like to live as a gay-man for 53-years and now as a transsexual woman.
“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.
“I consider myself not just to be human anymore; I'm human and reptilian.
“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.”
Eva’s total changes tally up with scale tattoos, nose reshaping, ear removal, eyes stained green, eight 'horns' added, tongue bifurcated, scarification on chest and wrist.