Sophie Husband’s amazing story appears over two pages of CLOSER magazine…
Sophie Husband came to sell story website Featureworld to get her controversial story out there.
A transgender, she wanted to thank the NHS for saving her life – and giving her the confidence to become a woman.
Senior school teacher Sophie, 42, – who as a man used to be known as Bailey Husband – weighed 47 stones and doctors warned if she didn’t lose weight her health would be at risk.
However in April 2006 – and after a psychiatrist ruled she was comfort eating because of confusion over her gender – she underwent a £28,000 gastric bypass on the NHS, which transformed her life.
After starting to lose weight, Sophie – who as a man had twice been married and divorced – took the plunge and began dressing as a woman. She had always felt as if she had been born in the wrong body but undergoing the surgery and counselling made her realise the reason was she was really a woman trapped in a man’s body.
At the same time 6ft 1″ Sophie began taking hormones and is now on the waiting list for a sex change op – also on the NHS.
Luckily, because she has so much loose skin which is causing soreness, she qualifies for the skin to be removed too on the NHS. She already has the £6,000 funding for this from her local Trust as it is deemed to be for medical rather than cosmetic reasons. She is hoping to lose a little more weight before this is done.
As a supply teacher, Sophie, who has no children herself, works teaching 11 to 16 year olds in senior schools but never had to have that awkward moment when she left school one day as sir returning the next as Miss because she works in different schools.
Some people might find Sophie’s story controversial. They claim the NHS could spend the money on other NHS treatment. For example £50,000 would pay for 24 hospital beds for one day or a heart-bypass op. But at Featureworld our view is that you cannot compare one person’s trauma to another – and say one person is more deserving of life saving treatment than another.
Sophie says: “Thank you for getting my story out there. Looks really good, just bought a copy and it looks really amazing.”
Sophie’s story has now been sold to a national newspaper.
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