One Massachusetts hospital is considering hosting Kosilek’s taxpayer-funded surgery, while six doctors have expressed interest in performing it. But the state Department of Correction still needs to find a doctor willing to get a Massachusetts license and malpractice insurance, The Boston Globe reports.
Last September, U.S. District Judge Mark Wolf ordered prison officials to provide surgery for the transgender inmate, saying the surgery is the “only adequate treatment” for Kosilek’s gender identity disorder.
As a man, Robert Kosilek was found guilty of first-degree murder for strangling his wife, Cheryl in 1990. He later dumped her body in a car in a mall parking lot.
The killer then legally changed her name to Michelle. She is currently living as a woman and receiving hormone treatments in an all-male prison.
“The safety and security and logistical issues relative to the transportation and housing of Kosilek pre- and post-surgery and during recuperation, if the (surgery) takes place out of state, would be significant,’’ Spencer wrote in an affidavit.
Kosilek still faces several hurdles before the surgery can take place. The positive response from the Massachusetts hospital was tentative.
In addition, the surgeon that performs the operation needs to be granted malpractice insurance as well as a license to practice in the state. Of the six who have agreed to conduct the surgery, five are willing to come to Massachusetts. The licensing process could take up to six months, the Globe reports.
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