Jasmine says her decision to transition was a childhood ‘mistake’ and ‘part of the onus is on the professionals that treated me’
June 2023 • Gabriella Swerling / Telegraph UK
A patient who was referred to the controversial Tavistock transgender clinic at age 15 has spoken out saying she feels like a “mutilated experiment gone wrong” after undergoing a mastectomy.
Jasmine, who was born a girl, decided to identify as a boy, but has since detransitioned – meaning she has returned to identifying as female. She now considers her original decision was a ‘mistake’ made as a child but adds “part of the onus on the professionals that treat me”.
Her comments follow a dating report published as part of an independent review by Dr Hilary Cass, a consultant paediatrician and former present of the Royal College of Paeddiatrics and Child Health, that concluded the NHS’s clinic for transgender children was “not safe” and that there needed to be a “fundamentally different” service.
The Tavistock’s Gender Identity Development Service (GIDS) is due to close in 2024 – a year later than first planned – and will be replaced by two regional hubs.
Jasmine was referred to the GIDS clinic for children and young people at London’s Tavistock and Portman NHS Foundation Trust by a trans charity when she was 15. She was seen by professionals there three times.
From the age of 17, GIDS patients were transferred to adult services where they could then undergo gender reassignment surgery.
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