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85-year-old becomes the oldest person in the in the UK to have a sex change and thanks the NHS

Ruth Rose is the oldest transgender person in the United Kingdom to have had a sex change and she's thanking Britain's National Health Service for funding the procedure four years ago.

Rose defended surgery, which cost the equivalent of about $5,160, during an interview with the BBC and shared that she sat on an NHS advisory board and volunteered for charities that supported elderly persons.

“It is only in the past 15 years that this has become acceptable. Before that people thought it was just for freaks," Rose told the BBC.

On Tuesday's episode of "Pat Gray Unleashed," Pat shared the story and questioned why a government is funding a gender reassignment surgery in the first place.

Rose previously went by James Rose and was married to a woman. In 1973, Rose's then-wife found pictures of Rose dressed as a woman and two divorced in 2003.

According to Rose, she knew she wanted to be a girl since the age of 9 but waited until retirement to make the transition.

See the clip above to learn more about Rose and her transition.

To see more from Pat, visit his channel on TheBlaze and listen live to “Pat Gray Unleashed” with Pat Gray weekdays 12 p.m. – 3 p.m. ET, only on TheBlaze Radio Network. Want more of Pat? Check him out on Facebook, Twitter, and YouTube.

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