Swedish docs deny transsexual's boob job
The Local/rm · 18 Jan 2012, 12:51
Published: 18 Jan 2012 12:51 GMT+01:00
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”The whole thing was both offensive and discriminating. I felt very sad,” the woman wrote in her complaint, according to local paper Skånska Dagbladet.
The woman has been receiving hormone treatments for three years and has undergone a sex change operation from man to woman, at her own expense, abroad.
She was also willing to finance her own breast surgery and contacted a private plastic surgery clinic in Malmö in January last year.
However, due to illness, she was forced to cancel and it was when she tried to rebook her appointment that she ran into trouble.
The woman told Skånskan that the doctor in charge was unwilling to do the operation as "he doesn't operate on transsexuals".
The doctor had reportedly also said that the woman seemed not to be sure about the surgery, considering she had cancelled the previous appointment.
Despite trying to reschedule, the woman could not get a new appointment.
She then turned to a clinic in her home town. After attending a consultation with a doctor and getting an operation date, she was contacted by a clinic nurse, telling her the procedure was off.
She was told that the reason for the cancellation was that she is a transsexual, according to the paper.
After the woman received the same answer at another clinic, she decided to report all three to the watchdog.
”If there is any group who should get to have the operation it is the transsexuals, who are so incredibly grateful and completely secure in their bodies and their genders,” the woman wrote.
The woman has previously reported the local county council, responsible for medical decisions, when she was denied hair removal treatment, according to Skånskan.