2 Sep 2018, 23:04
Updated: 3 Sep 2018, 16:07
Oldest person in Britain to have reassignment surgery shares her joy at becoming a woman thanks to the NHS. Ruth Rose, 85, had the surgery 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 - 1973|
Ruth waited until retirement to come out as a woman but first realized 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.”
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