In the latest episode of Becoming, the reality TV star had a consultation with a plastic and reconstruction surgery based in Gateway, Durban, and was taken through what the whole top-surgery procedure would cost.
Top surgery explained
“I’m here to enquire about having my top surgery. I also want to find out the cost or if there could be any side effects or complications post-surgery,” he said. Simply explained, top surgery is the surgical removal of breast tissue.
During the consultation, Dr Susan Johnson asked him about when his journey started. He told her that it began when he was very young. “At that time, I didn’t really know what was going on with me, but I think my family knew because they were the ones who were there for me,” he explained.
Gugu is hoping for a miracle
Gugu also shared that he started taking testosterone in November last year. Throughout his journey, he’s had the support of his family. Dr Johnson also asked if he’d seen a psychologist before starting the process, and he said yes. The doctor then took him through the different types of operations and went into detail about removing breast tissue, complications that might arise and the costs involved.
The pricing, according to Dr Johnson, depends on the amount of time spent in theatre. “So, we are estimating that this will take two hours and it will work out to around R60 000,” she told Gugu. Unfortunately, right now Gugu doesn’t have the funds. “She told me how much it would cost, but because I trust that God will provide if all goes well, next year I’m having surgery.”
Will Gugu be able to raise the money? Find out and watch Becoming S1 on Showmax.