Kellie Maloney cancels gender surgery plans after health scare

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Kellie Maloney has been forced to cancel her gender reassignment surgery – after she stopped breathing during a cosmetic procedure.

The former UKIP candidate and boxing manager came out as transgender in August, before signing up to appear on Celebrity Big Brother.

She said last month of awaiting surgery: “For the first time in my life, I’m going to be complete in my body and my mind. I can really start getting on with my life.”

“As soon as I 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.”

However, the surgery has reportedly been called off over health concerns, after she stopped breathing during a cosmetic procedure – thought to be caused by a heart murmur.

A source told The Sun: “She can’t go ahead with the [surgery] now. She’s in utter turmoil.

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“The doctors have advised against it. It is too dangerous. But she is devastated.”

Maloney told the BBC in 2004 that she would not campaign in the London borough of Camden, because there were “too many gays”.

She said last month: “I accept comments I made in the past were wrong.

“If you knew Frank Maloney, if you were there when I made those remarks – you would have seen the smirk on my face.

“I knew it was wrong but I was saying it in jest.

“The UKIP councillors working for me at the time were gay – they told me it was silly, it was a mistake.”

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