Stevenage mum speaks out about lack of NHS support and importance of helping others after death of her transgender daughter

PUBLISHED: 13:21 17 December 2015 | UPDATED: 14:18 17 December 2015

Synestra de Courcy

Synestra de Courcy

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The Stevenage mother of a transgender woman whose daughter tragically died days before she was due to receive confirmation of the hormone treatment she needed has bravely spoken out about the lack of support her child was given from the NHS.

The Stevenage mother of a transgender woman whose daughter tragically died days before she was due to receive confirmation of the hormone treatment she needed has bravely spoken out about the lack of support her child was given from the NHS.

A coroner at Poplar Coroners’ Court on Thursday found Synestra De Courcy, 23, died from cocaine and mephedrone toxicity on July 26 this year.

Synestra, was born a boy but at the time of her death was hoping to undergo full gender reassignment through hormone therapy treatment. She attended St Christopher school in Letchworth, where she was a high achiever known as Alex, rising to become head boy, going on to study cosmetic science at the University of the Arts in London.

Her mother, Amanda De Courcy from Woodfield Road in Stevenage, spoke to the Comet following last week’s inquest. Courageous Amanda said: “The issue wasn’t so much her death by what the coroner said was recreational drugs – the issue for me, as her mum, was how does a person get into a position where they feel so helpless?

“She was terribly depressed. She needed the hormone therapy. It was tragic she didn’t receive the help she needed from the NHS and her GP.

“If she’d got the referral letter telling her she could have the hormone treatment a few days before, then things may have been different.

“The point is you have to have the referral letter to get the hormones. Why did she get so depressed? It was because she felt there was no way out and no help from the relevant authorities – and that needs changing.

“I want to help others who may be in a similar situation before it is too late for them. There’s a lack of awareness and understanding on this issue. “Prescribing hormones is the key to it. I’ve had meetings with people in the House of Commons among others, and we want to raise awareness.”

Her cousin Max Taylor added: “Synestra will be forever missed.”

“We spent many nights awake until sunrise playing video games as kids and out partying when we became adults. Our laughter echoed through the houses or streets and that’s a sound I’ll forever hold close to my heart.

“Nothing can help heal the pain completely but if we raise enough awareness for the transgender community and let people know how we can help I know she will continue smiling forever wherever she may be.

“I will always love Syn, and I’ll do everything I can to help others in the same position she was in.”

Synestra’s cousin Max Taylor added: “Synestra will be forever missed.

“We spent many nights awake until sunrise playing video games as kids and out partying when we became adults. Our laughter echoed through the houses or streets and that’s a sound I’ll forever hold close to my heart.

“Nothing can help heal the pain completely, but if we raise enough awareness for the transgender community and let people know how we can help I know she will continue smiling forever wherever she may be.

“I will always love Syn, and I’ll do everything I can to help others in the same position she was in.”

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