admin Posted September 3, 2018 Share Posted September 3, 2018 A TRANSGENDER woman has spoken of her joy at becoming the oldest person in Britain to have surgery. Ruth Rose, 85, had a reassignment op four years ago after her doctor told her she could be considered for the full procedure. She has defended the £4,000 cost of the surgery by sitting on an NHS advisory board and volunteering for charities that support old people. Ruth told the BBC: “It is only in the past 15 years that this has become acceptable. Before that people thought it was just for freaks.” Ruth had the surgery after living as a woman for several years. She had been known as James Rose, an ex-RAF navigator, mechanical engineer and financial consultant. She married but kept her secret until 1973 when her wife found pictures of her dressed as a woman. They finally divorced in 2003. Ruth waited until retirement to come out as a woman but first realised she wanted to be female aged nine. She did not expect the NHS to fund the surgery due to her age. She added: “I was surprised to be given the chance for a medical transition. It’s like starting my life all over.” Spending public cash on the op has been questioned by Tory MP Pauline Latham. She said: “When you think about the rationing of hip and knee replacements and cancer waiting lists, I’m not sure this is a priority for the NHS.” Quote Link to comment Share on other sites More sharing options...
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