Cathy Daniels is ‘half man, half woman’ without breasts
Father-of-three wants taxpayers to fund £5,000 op
By Graham Smith
Last updated at 6:31 PM on 28th December 2011
A transsexual builder who had a £10,000 sex change is suing health bosses after they refused her a breast enlargement operation on the NHS.
Cathy Daniels – born Keith Daniels – wants taxpayers to fund the £5,000 procedure but her GP will not refer her.
The 53-year-old father-of-three, who had gender realignment surgery two years ago, wants the surgery to fully complete her sex change.
She plans to take legal action because without breasts she feels ‘half man, half woman’.
Legal action: Transsexual builder Cathy Daniels is suing health bosses after they refused her a breast enlargement operation on the NHS
Miss Daniels, from Burnley, Lancashire, said: ‘I have had to face another Christmas half man, half woman, and that is devastating.
‘The Primary Care Trust (PCT) has officially reviewed my case and confirmed they will not be funding my breast augmentation.’
Miss Daniels, who first realised she was trapped in the wrong body aged eight, intends to instruct solicitors on her behalf after the festive period next week.
She said: ‘Nobody can imagine what it is like to be trapped in the wrong body and to know that I am only one step away from being who I want to be is heartbreaking, especially as breasts are a really important part of being a woman.’
Miss Daniels, who blames the failure of her four marriages on her taste for cross-dressing, underwent the sex change at Charing Cross Hospital in London in 2009.
She added: ‘I have undergone half the operation, but now I’m being kept in limbo because apparently there is no funds.
‘Breasts are a really important part of being a woman and being like this is making me suicidal.
‘It’s horrible. I’m neither one or the other. My lower half is a woman but my top half is a man.’
But health bosses said the operation is a cosmetic procedure that is not routinely funded by NHS East Lancashire Primary Care Trust.
A spokesman said: ‘Breast augmentation is not a procedure routinely funded by NHS East Lancashire as this is considered to be a cosmetic procedure.
‘Currently, breast reconstruction is only funded following mastectomy for patients who have had breast cancer.’
Burnley MP Gordon Birtwistle backed the health trust’s stance.
He said: ‘Money should be spent on life-saving and urgent-care treatment rather than on cosmetic surgery.
‘With everything that has happened in Burnley, including the closure of the children’s ward and A&E department, cosmetic procedures have to become a second priority.’
Ms Daniels, who has HIV, lives with her partner, who she met on the internet.
She said: ‘He is the only thing that stops me doing anything silly but he knows how much I need to have the second part of this operation.’