A hospital and doctors in California are now facing a lawsuit regarding the case of a 13-year-old girl who underwent a double mastectomy after expressing a desire to identify as a boy.
Hospital’s actions were ‘profit-driven medical abuse’
Charles LiMandri, one of the attorneys representing the plaintiff, Layla Jane, described the defendants’ actions as “ideological and profit-driven medical abuse.”
The lawsuit alleges that the defendants prescribed puberty blockers and hormones to Jane, ultimately leading to the removal of her breasts.
It is claimed that the decision to administer these treatments was based on a single 75-minute session with psychologist Susanne Watson.
Lawsuit challenges insufficient evaluation before transgender surgery
Plastic surgeon Dr. Winnie Tong concluded, after a 30-minute session, that Jane could proceed with the mastectomy.
The lawsuit argues that the defendants failed to thoroughly evaluate the psychological factors that influenced Jane’s belief that she was transgender and neglected to explore alternative treatments for her mental health issues.
Lawsuit highlights lack of informed consent in Jane’s surgery
The suit states, “There is no other area of medicine where doctors will surgically remove a perfectly healthy body part and intentionally induce a diseased state of the pituitary gland to misfunction based simply on the young adolescent patient’s wishes.”
The lawsuit highlights the lack of therapy and discussion of potential side effects, suggesting that Jane was not provided with informed consent.
Potential adverse consequences of ‘transition procedures’ in gender dysphoria
Furthermore, it cites studies indicating that many youths who experience gender dysphoria ultimately become comfortable with their birth sex and that individuals who undergo transition procedures may experience mental health challenges and higher rates of suicide.
Jane, who has since detransitioned and now identifies as a girl, is currently undergoing psychotherapy for mental health issues.
Jane suffers adverse effects of body ‘mutilating surgery’
She claims to have suffered nerve damage and other complications following her surgery.
In her statement, she questions why it is deemed acceptable for 13-year-olds to make decisions with long-lasting consequences, such as body mutilation.
At the same time, they are considered too immature for other significant choices.
Kaiser Permanente, affiliate doctors liable for gender transition procedure
The defendants in the lawsuit are Kaiser Foundation Hospitals, the Permanente Medical Groups, Susanne Watson, and doctors affiliated with or working for Kaiser Permanente.
At the time of reporting, Kaiser Permanente and Watson had not responded to requests for comment.
The lawsuit seeks damages for Jane’s pain and suffering, medical expenses compensation, and legal costs coverage.
Kaiser Permanente criticized for prioritizing ‘woke ideology’
Harmeet Dhillon, CEO of the Center for American Liberty, also representing Jane, expressed a commitment to hold the medical providers accountable for their actions.
Dhillon criticized Kaiser Permanente for allegedly prioritizing woke ideology over accepted medical standards of care and accused the defendants of manipulating vulnerable patients and families.
Questions raised concerning treatment of gender dysphoria in minors
Earlier this year, a similar lawsuit was filed by Chloe Cole, who underwent a mastectomy at 15.
These cases raise important questions about the medical treatment of minors experiencing gender dysphoria and the need to ensure comprehensive evaluation, informed consent, and consideration of potential long-term consequences.