A Chinese octogenarian is hoping to become the oldest in the country – and possibly the world – to undergo transgender surgery.
Qian Jinfan, 84, a former government official, who lives in Foshan, is believed to be the country’s oldest transexual.
He said he wants to become his true female self after nearly a century feeling like he was locked in a man’s body.
Qian, originally from Jiaxing, Zhejiang Province, said he first felt that he should have been born a girl when he was just three-years-old.
“Deep down inside, I always thought it would have been great to be a girl,” said Qian.
“But only when I was completely alone would I be fully myself. Whenever other people were around, I would keep it all inside.”
Throughout their lives, Qian’s parents had no idea that their son secretly wished to become a woman.
He even got married as a man at the age of 54, and his wife too was totally unaware of his secret – as was their son.
It was not until 2008, at the grand old age of 80, that Qian finally felt the time was right to start taking female hormones, and to dress as a woman.
He is now waiting to undergo transgender surgery – but there are complications that first must be overcome because of his age.
“I have been holding out for a medical breakthrough,” he said. “I was very disappointed to recently hear that could take forever but I live in hope.”
by Dr Vince