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Denver Health To Offer Gender Reassignment Surgery

June 20, 2018

DENVER (CBS4) – Denver Health is preparing to become the only hospital in Colorado, and one of a select few in the country, to offer gender reassignment surgery. The move is in response to growing demand in the transgender community.

Danielle Badler understands. She is a transgender woman who had the procedure four years ago in California.

“No more secrets. I mean it’s really, it’s unbelievable. No more secrets,” Badler told CBS4 Health Specialist Kathy Walsh.

Badler can finally say that at the age of 67. She was born a he, biologically a boy.

“At age 5, I knew I was different, and I felt like I should be a girl,” Badler said.  “I was deathly afraid that anybody would find out. There was nothing I could do, so I sublimated the whole thing and went on with my life.”

That was life as Richard Badler. That life included work in corporate communications, a 35-year-long marriage, two daughters and grandsons.

“I had a very close friend who was transgender and had a stroke and died,” Badler said.

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