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Trans woman performed own surgery after transition delays

Jessica Geen August 17, 2009

A trans woman has performed her own gender reassignment surgery after being told she would have to wait two years for professional help.

Roland Mery, 61, who is considering changing her name to Rolande, removed her male genitals with a home surgery kit in the bathroom of her Newport home after telling her wife she had a headache.

She told Wales on Sunday: “From the moment I walked down the stairs after I did it I just felt right. I had repressed my feelings for so long.

“I had worked out exactly how I would do it and rehearsed it many times. It proved to me afterwards that your brain and emotions can overpower you so much. I had rehearsed the whole thing over and over. So when it came to actually doing it, the pain wasn’t an issue anymore.”

She then told her wife Julie to dial an ambulance.

As Mery was being taken to hospital, Julie was suspected by police of attacking her until it became clear the DIY operation had been planned by Mery.

Mery said she knew from the age of four she was different but did not know what to do until she visited a Manchester clinic in 2005, where she was given hormone treatment.

She cannot afford a full gender reassignment and is opting to wear androgynous clothes while living as a woman.

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