Lois Cardinal, a self-identified “sterilized First Nations post-op transsexual” in Canada, has made a request for medical assistance in dying (MAiD) following a surgery in 2009 to create a “neo-vagina.” Cardinal expresses immense regret over the operation, as it has resulted in constant discomfort and pain. The surgery often leaves patients with an open wound that requires daily dilation to prevent closure.
Despite applying for Canada’s MAiD euthanasia program, Cardinal’s initial request has been rejected. The program, which allows assisted suicide, is open to those suffering from incurable diseases or disabilities, but Cardinal does not meet the current criteria. Some believe that options exist to mitigate the pain caused by the sex change surgery, leading to the rejection.
The case raises concerns about the potential pitfalls of transgender surgery and the liberalization of euthanasia laws in Canada. Critics worry that such liberalization may open the way for more individuals seeking state-backed suicide.
Cardinal argues that euthanasia is the only remaining option, as numbing cream prescriptions have not eased the pain caused by the surgically constructed ‘vagina.’ Additionally, Cardinal has become a critic of LGBT ideology, warning that vulnerable individuals, including children and their native community, could be susceptible to medicalized trends.
Researchers from the University of Florida and Brooks Rehabilitation reported that a significant percentage of individuals who underwent sex change genital surgery in the past five years experienced long-standing pain and discomfort, with many finding sexual intercourse painful after the surgery.