A 23-year-old trans woman named Synestra De Courcy died on the 26th July, just days before receiving her NHS referral letter. Her mother blames her death on the lifestyle she was forced to lead after being refused treatment by her GP.
Synestra turned to a life of prostitution in order to fund her hormone treatment with pills bought off the Internet after doctors refused to give her the treatment on the National Health service. Her mother, Amanda De Courcy, believes that a lack of understanding of what she was going through set into place a series of events that led to her death.
Speaking to a local newspaper Amanda spoke about some of the problems her daughter faced; ‘She prostituted herself to afford hormones on the Internet because her GP would not prescribe them. There was a lack of understanding with was ultimately a death sentence to her.’
Reports also indicate that Synestra not only had to prostitute herself, but was raped on more than one occasion as well as being attacked and robbed.
One of the saddest parts is that just says after hearing the news of her daughters death Amanda received a letter form the NHS with her referral appointment, which would have resulted in her getting treatment on the NHS free of charge.
‘It would have been so uplifting to her’, Amanda told the press. ‘Having watched my child go through the emotional upheavals, the attacks, the rapes, the robberies, the drug taking for solace, I want to make a difference.’
‘Every person should have a fundamental right to be themselves. If they are born in the wrong body it is a disability that needs to be understood and treated. Her accidental death is a tragedy for us as a family – but there are so many people out their that are in a similar position to my daughter.’
To this end Amanda is setting up a charity called Synestra’s Trust.
The trust is being sponsored by the University of the Arts in London, where Synestera studied, and her old school St. Christopher in Letchworth.