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STILL WAITING: Grace Tibble was all geared up for a gender change this month but it has been put on hold until a plastic surgeon is found to join the surgical team.
Long wait for sex changes

in NEW ZEALAND, 22/03/2014

Sex-change surgery is effectively on hold across the country as one of the three specialists who performs the operations retires, leaving a Hamiltonian who's waited years for surgery crestfallen.

Grace Tibble's surgery was one of four Ministry of Health-funded operations postponed due to plastic surgeon Peter Walker's retirement at the end of the year, meaning the team will not be able to guarantee care for any long-term complications.

"I'm ready. I don't want to wait until I'm an old bag . . . I want to be able to experience something that's expensive and good for me and to help my life while I'm young," she said.

Tibble, 29, was born male but by about 13 was living as a female.

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