Anguish of young man who had sex organs removed on NHS then regretted it the same day as he SUES NHS
A young British man whose genitals were removed during gender reassignment surgery is suing the NHS over the operation in a landmark legal proceeding.
He complains that doctors failed to warn him of the drastic outcome of the body-altering surgery, which left him infertile, incontinent and feeling like a “sexual eunuch.”
He said on Twitter yesterday: “The moment I woke up from surgery, I knew I had made the biggest mistake of my life.”
Campaigners say it is the NHS’s first medical negligence case over transgender care in this country. The NHS trust involved has not been named.
He complains that doctors failed to warn him of the drastic outcome of the body-altering surgery that left him infertile, incontinent and feeling like a “sexual eunuch.”
Stephanie Davies-Arai, founder of Transgender Trend, a group that advises parents on transgender children and young adults, said: ‘It is hoped that this will lead to a reconsideration by the NHS about this type of barbaric surgery in patients treated by medics. told it will help them.
“He has a very real plea for compensation against the health service. We think he suffered damage.’
His case is being considered by lawyers in Liverpool. The point is whether the NHS and its gender clinics provided adequate guidance for him before the operation five years ago. The patient, in his thirties, grew up in the north of England and has gone from being a woman to a man’s life.
The man says he is gay and that his sexuality should have been discussed before the radical, irreversible sex operation. ‘I’m neutered. That’s the right term,” he says on his Twitter feed, which has 19,000 followers.
‘I can’t believe she’ [the NHS] could do this to me.
“I wasn’t even asked if I wanted to freeze my sperm or have children in the future.” He doesn’t want to be called by name because he’s ashamed of how he looks. Instead, he tweets under the pseudonym TullipR.
Yesterday he posted a photo of his huge bundle of medical notes that his lawyers will use to bring the case against the NHS.
TullipR says that at age 25, more than a decade ago, he transitioned and started taking female hormones to feminize his body. This was followed by surgery when he underwent an NHS surgery called ‘penis inversion with scrotal graft’, which involves removing male genitalia and using the tissue to construct a false vagina.
Stephanie Davies-Arai, founder of Transgender Trend (pictured) says the anonymous man has ‘a very real case for compensation against the health service’
He says he grew up in the North East of England. “I knew I was gay from a young age and was terrified of it,” he tweets about his past. “Everyone in the family joked and expressed disgust and disapproval of gay people.”
He withdrew to an online world where he felt peaceful. There, at the age of 23, he found discussions about gender dysphoria, the fear of living in the wrong sexual body. “That’s me, I thought.”
He found an internet forum called ‘Angels’ aimed at trans women – men who want to be women.
They urged him to switch ‘now’, before it was ‘too late’. He says he has clung diligently to the idea.
He took female hormone drugs bought privately and later prescribed by his GP and an adult NHS gender clinic, to suppress his masculine features and look feminine. But when an NHS psychiatrist asked if he wanted gender reassignment surgery (GRS), he postponed it for two years because of his doubts.
Concerned that if he refused to deny him NHS treatment for his gender issues, he finally agreed.
His tweets explain: “In the end I was on the operating table. As soon as I woke up from surgery, I knew I had made the biggest mistake of my life.
“My gender had a lobotomy.”
After the operation, he confronted his doctor with his doubts.
Campaigners say it’s NHS’s first medical negligence case over transgender care in this country (stock image)
He claims they shrugged and said there was no guidance for those who regretted the surgery and treatment. The tweets continued: “I have no feeling in my crotch area at all. You could stab me with a knife. I would not know. The whole region is numb. No one ever told me that the base area of your penis is gone. It cannot be deleted. It means you have a stump inside that vibrates.”
TullipR says his sex drive died about six months after he started taking female hormones.
“I was glad I got rid of it, but now… I realize what I’m missing and I’m not coming back.
He describes the “living nightmare” of waking up and forgetting that he has lost his penis and scrotum. “I expect something that has been there for three decades, and it isn’t. My heart skips a beat every time.’
In the tweets, he describes how he has difficulty relieving himself due to the operation. “It takes me about 10 minutes to empty my bladder. It’s extremely slow, painful, and because it dribbles… it will go all over the area, making me soaking wet.
‘I notice a moment later that my underwear is wet. It drips out slowly for over an hour. I never knew I would run the risk of smelling p*** everywhere.’
Last year, according to the NHS, 13,500 people waited for a first appointment for gender identity treatment, which could lead to relocation surgery.
The clinic with the shortest wait time for an initial appointment was the flagship Tavistock and Portman Clinic in north-west London, which had been operating for nearly three years at the time.