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Concern over retirement of Hong Kong sex-change surgeon

Patients, doctors worry no one is qualified to perform sex reassignment operations in public hospitals when specialist steps down in 2015.\n

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13th May 2013 03:11

Alessia Valenza

The only doctor who can carry out sex-change operations in Hong Kong public hospitals is due to retire in two years, triggering concern that patients who want life-altering surgery may be left in limbo.

The transgender community and medical professionals are perturbed by the lack of a qualified successor to Dr Albert Yuen, who has 26 years of experience in helping transsexuals change their gender.

"Some patients are still in the assessment stage and they don’t know how long that will take," said Joanne Leung Wing-yan, 50, founder of the Transgender Resource Centre. Leung, who was born a man, underwent two operations with Yuen in 2009 to become a woman.

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