This is an Inspiring story of Kerala’s First Transgender Doctor named Dr. Priya
The ayurvedic doctor, who was male at birth, understood her feminine identity during her childhood. So right from the start the idea of living in a “wrong body” irritated her. It was hard for Dr Priya to portray her true mannerisms at school.
At the age of 15 she understood she wouldn’t be able to reveal her identity to society for fear of being mocked or bullied. But at the same time, she was scared to reveal her true identity to her parents. She was always apprehensive about how her parents were going to take the news. And all she could do at the time was to write her problems down in an diary which her parents eventually found.
Dr Priya says,
“The first thing my parents did was take me to a hospital, assuming a psychiatrist could help me. Thankfully, the doctor also said that I didn’t have any mental issues.”
After completing schooling, she thought of moving to a different place only to live as a woman. But as she was so attached to her parents, she couldn’t imagine leaving her family.
After writing an entrance exam, she joined Vaidyaratnam Ayurveda College, Ollur, Thrissur in 2013. She completed Bachelor of Ayurveda, Medicine and Surgery (BAMS) as a man. She then pursued Medicinae Doctor (MD) in Mangaluru. After completing the course, she got the opportunity to work as a guest lecturer in Government Ayurveda Medical College, Tripunithura and Government Ayurveda College, Kannur.
Dr Priya says,
“During this period, I tried really hard to be more manly. From my walking style to dressing like a man, I was very particular about not revealing my feminine identity.”
In 2018, she informed her parents about her true identity and the need for surgery to transform to what she really is.
Mom stood by me at the hospital – Dr. VS Priya
“I started to research gender reassignment surgery, its costs and aftermath. With confidence, I then told my parents the truth. They were more saddened than shocked and I can understand their feelings, but I wouldn’t be doing justice to myself if I didn’t reveal the truth. Ultimately, it was my research that helped me convince my parents. My mom stood by me at the hospital during my numerous surgeries,”
Dr. Priya has undergone six surgeries so far and yet she have two surgeries more for voice therapy and cosmetic surgery.
Dr VS Priya says:
“I was a bit tensed thinking of how the hospital management would react to my transition. But things were easy for me. Right from the staff to the MD at the hospital — all were supportive. When I informed them that I will be returning as Dr VS Priya, they were more than happy. I was also tensed about my regular patients and how they would react to my new identity. So, I informed them and prepared them for the change. Most of them were curious to know about the surgery and I cleared all their doubts as it is my social responsibility towards them as a transwoman doctor.”
This inspiring story of Dr. VS Priya shows how the society is changing and how people are accepting trans people, but still we have a long way to go.
All the best Dr. VS Priya. 👍