Man Performs DIY Sex Change Operation, Gets Most of It Right

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When former soldier Roland Mery was told he had to wait two years for gender reassignment surgery, he decided that his 61 years of being a man was enough. The married father of four told his wife that he had a headache and walked to the bathroom of their home with a bottle of painkillers and a homemade surgery kit.

Roland explained what happened once he got into the bathroom:

I had worked out exactly how I would do it and rehearsed it many times. It proved to me afterwards that your brain and emotions can overpower you so much. I had rehearsed the whole thing over and over. So when it came to actually doing it, the pain wasn’t an issue anymore. My priority was to just get rid of it all, but I obviously had to be very careful.

Roland seemingly has no regrets over the drastic action which cost him two pints of blood:

When I was taken to the Royal Gwent Hospital afterwards, the doctor told me I had actually done quite a good job! From the moment I walked down the stairs after I did it I just felt right. I had repressed my feelings for so long.

While Roland was rushed to hospital, his wife of 23 years was held at the home; police originally suspected that she was responsible for his injuries.

Though Roland had previously admitted his desire to become a woman, Julie did not believe that it was something that he would go through with, until she saw him come down the stairs from the bathroom:

When he came down the stairs he was absolutely white. I thought he was dying. He yelled: ‘Ring 999 Julie, I’ve done it!

I wanted to go to the hospital with Roland, but I couldn’t because my home was being treated as a crime scene. There were forensics and police in the bathroom and they thought I might have done it. But when they went upstairs, what they saw told them Roland had planned this himself.

Roland claims that he first noticed that he was different from other boys when he was four years old. Comments from his father and friends led him to keep many of his thoughts secret until he walked into a clinic in Manchester at age 56.

After two psychological assessments, I started hormone treatment. But it was very expensive – about £275 a month, which I couldn’t afford. But I felt so at home, it was wonderful. But how could I explain this to my family?

The treatment got rid of all my anger and I felt so at peace with myself. But I couldn’t afford it and had to get a few months’ treatment, then leave it while I saved up more money by selling things.

Julie, for her part, is supportive of Roland’s actions:

You can’t get any closer than we are now. We’ve been through so much together. I’ve had cancer and post-natal depression and Roland supported me through that. And now, after seeing what he has been through for so long, I’m 110% supportive of him.

Roland, who is considering changing his name to the more feminine sounding Rolande, is positive about their future together and the two are thinking about renewing their vows.

In his own words:

I’m a woman now. But most of all I want to concentrate on being a good person and a good wife.

[Wales Online]

 

About the author: C. S. Magor

 

C.S. Magor is the editor-in-chief and a reporter at large for We Interrupt and Uberreview. He currently resides in the Japanese countryside approximately two hours from Tokyo - where he has spent the better part of a decade testing his hypothesis that Japan is neither as quirky nor as interesting as others would have you believe.

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  • HolyShiznitz

    FIRST!

    • BulletofHell

      Thanks for contributing to a discussion.

  • HolyShiznitz

    FIRST!

    • BulletofHell

      Thanks for contributing to a discussion.

  • Sean(mgear)

    Second!
    That guy has some balls to do that (no pun intended).

  • Sean(mgear)

    Second!
    That guy has some balls to do that (no pun intended).

  • weak

    freak

  • weak

    freak

  • http://img.420chan.org/cd polymorph

    really, you should’ve said “she” instead of “he”. she obviously identifies as a female, might as well treat her as one

  • http://img.420chan.org/cd polymorph

    really, you should’ve said “she” instead of “he”. she obviously identifies as a female, might as well treat her as one

  • Nicole

    There’s one born every day. This person went to Transformations which is a company in the Manchester area that exploits trans people. They charge an arm and a leg and insist you buy their own brand “hormones” which when tested had rather less oestrogen than a Nivea cold cream.

    Had this unfortunate individual gone to their GP, they would have been referred to proper clinic and received hormones, all under the National Health Service. None of this tragic episode need ever have happened.

    • S.C.

      It doesn’t SOUND tragic. Apparently Rolande did a ‘pretty good job’ and her wife is supportive. It’s not like she died and her wife hates her and everyone thinks she’s a freak. I mean personally I’d never do self-surgery unless I absolutely had to or I was going to die, but this doesn’t sound TOO bad, in terms of what could have happened.
      I do get what you’re saying though. Transgendered people do have a really raw deal still. Even in the gay/bi/lesbian community.

  • Rebecca

    The writers of the article kinda pissed me off… By all rights, they SHOULD be referring to Roland/Rolande as “She”…

  • brosuf

    what happened when he was little…

  • anon

    So does that mean that Rolande’s wife is lesbian?

  • Mattie

    BRAVO! She has (for lack of a better  term) some real balls

 

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