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Keira told the Daily Mail what happened to her, to shed light on her plight and, she said, serve as a warning to others.

Keira was raised in Hertfordshire, with two younger sisters, by her single mother, her parents having divorced. Her father, who served in the US Army in Britain and has since settled here, lived a few miles away.

She’s always been a tomboy, she says. She didn’t like to wear skirts and still vividly remembers two occasions when her family forced her out in a dress.

She told the Daily Mail: ‘When I was 14 my mum asked me a question, which was that I was such a tomboy. She asked me if I was a lesbian, so I said no. She asked me if I wanted to be a boy and I said no too.

But the question made Keira think she might be what was then called a transsexual, and now known as transgender.

“The idea disgusted me,” she told me. “Wanting to change sex was not glorified like it is now. He was still relatively unknown. Still, the idea stuck in my mind and it didn’t go away.

Keira’s road to the invasive treatment she blames for ruining her life began after she began persistently skipping school. Quirky, she insisted on wearing pants—most female students chose skirts—and rarely had friends of either sex.

When she continually refused to show up to class due to bullying, she was referred to a therapist.

She told him of her thoughts that she wanted to be a boy.

Soon, she was referred to her local doctor who, in turn, referred her to the Child and Adolescent Mental Health Service (CAMHS) near her home. From there, because she believed she was born in the wrong body, she was treated at Tavistock.

Keira had entered puberty and her period had started. ‘The Tavistock gave me hormone blockers to stop my female development. It was like turning off a tap,” she said.

“I had symptoms similar to menopause when a woman’s hormones drop. I had hot flashes, I had trouble sleeping, my libido was gone. I was given tablets calcium because my bones have weakened.

Keira claimed she was not warned by Tavistock therapists of the terrible symptoms to come.

Her breasts, which she had bandaged with fabric she had purchased on a transgender website, did not disappear instantly. “I was in a land of nowhere,” she said.

Yet she returned to Tavistock, where tests were carried out to see if she was ready for the next stage of her treatment after nearly a year on blockers.

A few months later, she noticed the first wispy hairs growing on her chin. Finally, something was happening. Keira was delighted.

She was referred to the Gender Identity Clinic in West London, which treats adults considering a gender change.

After getting two ‘opinions’ from experts there, she was sent to a hospital in Brighton, East Sussex, for a double mastectomy, aged 20.

Now she had a full beard, her libido had returned, and her voice was deep.

After her breasts were removed, she began to doubt becoming a boy.

Despite her doubts, she continued. She changed her name and gender on her driver’s license and birth certificate, calling herself Quincy (after musician Quincy Jones) because she liked the sound. She also changed her name by act of poll and obtained a government-authorized gender recognition certificate, which officially makes her male.

In January last year, shortly after her 22nd birthday, she received her final injection of testosterone.

But, after years of hormones being pumped through your body, it’s not easy to turn back the clock. It is true that her period returned and she slowly began to regain a more feminine silhouette around her hips. Yet his beard is still growing.

“I don’t know if I’ll really look like a woman again,” she said. “I feel like a guinea pig at Tavistock, and I don’t think anyone knows what will happen to my body in the future.”

Even the question of whether she will be able to have children is in doubt.

She started buying women’s clothes again and using the women’s toilets again, but said: ‘I worry every time in case women think I’m a man. I am nervous. I have short hair but I let it grow out and maybe that will make a difference.

By law, she is a man and she faces the bureaucratic nightmare of changing official documents to say she is a woman.

Rebecca R. Santistevan