A man who went to hospital with a kidney stone was stunned when a nurse gave him his results - and revealed that he was actually a woman.
Steve Crecelius, a photographer from Denver, Colorado, was born with both male and female traits and had long repressed his feminine side.
But after an ultrasound made the discovery, he no longer lives as a man and goes by 'Stevie' - a move that his wife and their six children support.
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Revelation: When Steve Crecelius, left, went for an ultrasound for a kidney stone, the nurse discovered that he was actually a woman - and had traits of both genders. She now lives as Stevie, right
'I remember wearing my momís clothes and makeup, very secretly, not telling anybody,' Crecelius, who chose to hide behind a male persona, told Fox31.
But 40 years later, the nurse gave the explanation for his feelings, revealing that he was intersex.
'I had a kidney stone and weíre in the emergency room,' Crecelius said. 'The nurse is reading the ultrasound and says, "Huh, this says youíre a female". It validated everything I had always felt inside.'
While Crecelius appeared to have male genitalia, the ultrasound indicated he also had internal female sex organs - just one of the conditions under the umbrella term 'intersex'.
Support: Stevie's wife Debbie, right, stood by her after the discovery and they are still together
Family: Stevie, with one of her six children, said she had feared their reaction - but they have supported her
When they arrived home, his wife Debbie forced him to talk about it - a conversation that Crecelius had avoided in fear that he would lose his family.
WHAT IS INTERSEX?
Intersex is the term for a group of conditions where there is a discrepancy between the external genitals and the internal genitals (the testes and ovaries).
For example, a person may have male genitals but also have fallopian tubes and ovaries. Or a person might have female genitalia but have testes inside their body or male chromosomes.
The condition, which used to be called hermaphroditism, means that a person cannot be classified clearly as a male or female.
It is hard to determine the number of cases in the U.S., due to how a person may appear to be of a decisive gender.
But the Intersex Society of North America notes that medical experts say one in 1,500 children are born with noticeably atypical genitalia.
But rather than walking away, she was supportive, choosing to deal with the news by taking Stevie shopping for her first bra, The Denver Post reported.
Debbie admitted it has not been easy and feared that she would never get her husband back - but stood by Stevie, saying: 'You will be who you are'.
'I didnít sign on for this, but who signs on for anything?' Debbie told Fox31. 'Sheís the same person she was as a he on the inside.'
They battled through by being open about their concerns as they adjusted through the changes.
'We asked each other questions,' Debbie told the Post. 'He asked me, "What if you meet someone along the way?" I said, "What if you meet someone?" The road goes both ways.'
The couple, who have now been together more than 25 years, still share a room and a bed together.
'She still relates to my heart and soul, and I still relate to hers, and I think that thatís the essence of true love,' Crecelius said.
High profile: Crecelius, pictured with singer Jessica Simpson, works as a photographer of celebrities and events
'Blessed': Crecelius (pictured left as Steve, right as Stevie) said her clients have supported her change. She has decided that she will not undergo gender reassignment surgery but takes hormones
Although Stevie was concerned about telling the couple's six children, they were supportive. She chose to tell them individually, and was most worried about telling one of her sons, a Marine.
But 'within a few minutes, all of them said, "I donít care dad; I love you for who you are",' Stevie said.
She called herself the 'luckiest woman in the world'. 'Itís so liberating to be able to be and express how I feel inside,' she said.
Crecelius has decided not to undergo gender reassignment surgery but continues to take hormones.
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