Kellie Maloney has finally undergone her gender reassignment surgery, after a setback earlier this year.
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The former ‘Celebrity Big Brother’ housemate had been originally scheduled to have the procedure back in January, but was forced to cancel it after it was deemed a “health risk”, when she suffered a bad reaction to a cosmetic procedure.
After making a full recovery, Kellie has now taken the final steps in her transgender journey, having gender reassignment surgery on Tuesday, as well as an operation to enlarge her breasts.
A friend of hers tells The Sun: “She was naturally nervous going into the op - but it’s gone well.
“She’s comfortable and just needs rest. She ensured she was fighting fit for the operation and got a top surgeon.
“It’s a long road to recovery, but it will be worth it.”
It’s thought she will be recovering in hospital for the next 10 days, ahead of a recovery process which will require six weeks’ rest.
Back in October, Kellie spoke of her excitement about finally having the procedure, explaining: “It’s not nerve wracking. I thought it would be but it’s something I’ve always wanted. It’s how I want to see my body when I look in the mirror.
“As soon as I can get out of that bed, I’m going to look in a full-length mirror at myself and for the first time ever, I will see the person I should have been all of my life staring back at me.”
Kellie, who had previously been known to the public as boxing coach Frank Maloney,came out as transgender last year, and was later offered a record fee to take part in that summer’s series of ‘Celebrity Big Brother’.