A DISTRESSED man facing a “very long” waiting list is hoping to raise a staggering £10,000 to undergo surgery to enable him to become a man.

Gavin Cueto, of Maesglas Crescent, Newport, has spoken of his aim to the sum of money in order to make the transition from a woman to a man.

Mr Cueto said: “I feel unhappy in my life because I feel trapped in this body.

“I wear a binder on a daily basis to look flat chested but I have difficulty in breathing.”

Following counselling at St Cadocs, Mr Cueto was admitted to the Gender Identity Clinic at Charing Cross Hospital, London, in September 2016 to receive more counselling. He was told that the waiting list for surgery would take “about a year”.

The 20-year-old said: “I was then told that a referral form would be sent the following month to Nuffield Health Hospital in Brighton so I could have surgery.

“Then two weeks ago I was told the letter has just been sent. So the year-long waiting should have started in September, not now.”

“It is a daily struggle for me and now I have to wait even long longer,” he added.

“I think going private is the only way.”

“Wales needs to help trans people more and we need more gender identity clinics because they give support and information for people.”

Mr Cueto’s cousin, Brittany Nocivelli, has launched a Just Giving page.

She said: “He’s decided to go private for surgery because he can’t wait any longer.

“We’ve worked out it’ll cost about £10,000.”

A Welsh Government spokesperson said that there are only a limited number of gender identity services in the UK. He added that a committee is currently developing a “gender identity care pathway for Wales”.

A spokesman for West London Mental Health NHS Trust, which runs the service at Charing Cross, said: “This issue has arisen due to a technical fault with our internal IT system. We are working with Nuffield Health in Brighton to make sure that Gavin is seen as quickly as possible.”

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