A former British soldier living in Germany has won a settlement against her insurance company compelling them to give her free breast implants to complete her conversion into a male.
Formerly known as Private W.E. Smith, Sarah-Jane Smith sued the German health authority DAK claiming faulty hormone therapy caused her to grow deformed breasts. Claiming that her breasts “damaged her psychologically” Smith has insisted that the health care organization pay to have her breasts surgically altered. She has consulted with both psychologists and surgeons in order to gain advocates for her cause and new breast for her body.
The saga began in childhood, Smith claims that she always felt like a “woman trapped in a man’s body” and preferred playing with dolls to playing with more traditional little boy toys. Still striving to understand her sexuality, Smith joined the British Army and wore woman’s lingerie under her combat uniform. While stationed in Hanover, Germany, Smith married and fathered a daughter. When, after nineteen years of marriage her wife discovered the truth about Smith’s transsexual behavior, she filed for divorce which freed Smith up to pursue her dream of a sex change operation.
After successfully petitioning the health insurance system to pay for her gender change operation, she was disappointed to find out that the surgery approved by the health care system only covered the below the waist procedures. Her new breasts were to be created through hormone therapy but Smith became dissatisfied with her breasts seeing them as deformed and shapeless. She asked for breast augmentation surgery and was denied by DAK. A spokesperson for DAK stated: ‘the claim cannot be honored because the breasts do not show any signs of illness that requires treatment.”
Undaunted, Smith pursued her lawsuit and eventually won a settlement of 5,400 pounds, enough to pay for the surgery she desires. Smith was quoted as saying, “My life has become hell. I will not be a real woman without these breasts. They are vital to my overall completeness as a female and I don’t think it is unreasonable for the health authority to pay.” Smith has got both her wish and her new breasts and can now continue her journey as a woman in a woman’s body.