A transgender woman has spoken of her joy at becoming the oldest person in Britain to have surgery. Ruth Rose, 85, had a reassignment op four years ago after her doctor told her she could be considered for the full procedure. She has defended the $4,000 cost of the surgery by sitting on an NHS advisory

board and volunteering for charities that support old people. Ruth told the BBC: “It is only in the past 15 years that this has become acceptable. Before that people thought it was just for freaks.” Ruth had the surgery after living as a woman for several years. She had been known as James Rose, an ex-RAF navigator, mechanical engineer and financial consultant. READ MORE