A Minnesota woman who has decided to de-transition from a transgender male is suing the doctors who performed a double mastectomy on her when she was just 16. Here’s the story.
Gender Transition Surgery at 16
A 21-year-old Nebraska woman filed a lawsuit Wednesday against the medical providers responsible for her “gender transition” surgery as a teenager.
Luka Hein’s breasts were removed in a double mastectomy at just 16 years old after she was fast-tracked for the surgery by doctors on her first visit to the University of Nebraska Medical Center (UNMC) gender clinic, leaving her “physically and psychologically scarred,” the complaint alleges.
Failed to Discuss Risks or Alternatives
Doctors failed to discuss risks, including the regret she may experience when she is older, or inform her that most gender-questioning youth become more comfortable with their bodies after they are teenagers, according to the complaint.
Throughout adolescence, Hein struggled with her mental health and traumatic experiences, including being allegedly groomed and threatened by an adult man.
She had severe mental health struggles at age 13. By 15, she was diagnosed with “gender identity disorder” and put on a fast track to have her breasts removed, according to the lawsuit.
“Proceeding straight to breast amputation in a depressed, anxiety-ridden, gender-confused adolescent, who was incapable of understanding the lasting consequences of her decision, constitutes negligence for which Defendants are jointly and severally liable,” the lawsuit states.
“By not providing Luka and her parents with full information on the consequences of breast removal, the dangers of long-term testosterone therapy, rates of desistance, and the poor mental health outcomes related to transition surgeries, Defendants failed to obtain a truly informed consent from Luka and her parents before recommending and/or performing irreversible transgender interventions,” the lawsuit alleges.
Pumped With Testosterone
Hein was also placed on testosterone for four years, causing “the disruption of her endocrine system, heart damage, deepening of her voice, pain in her vocal cords, joints, lumbar spine, hands, wrists, elbows and pelvic area, as well as permanent dysregulation of her reproductive organs,” the complaint says.
Hein claims staff at the University of Nebraska Medical Centre persuaded her to have “top” surgery and take hormone treatments, which left her in pain.
“I was going through the darkest and most chaotic time in my life, and instead of being given the help I needed, these doctors affirmed that chaos into reality,” she explained.
“I don’t think kids can ever consent to having full bodily functions taken away at a young age before they even know what that means.”
She continued, “My parents were told the same thing so many other parents in these situations are told, ‘Would you rather have a dead daughter or a living son?’ despite the fact that no matter all my mental health struggles, I had never been suicidal,”
Institutional Child Abuse
Considering the topic of this news story, it’s not surprising that the response on social media platforms has been considerable.
“The sooner this institutional child abuse is stopped, the sooner we can save our heritage.” was the opinion of one user on X (Twitter).
Another said, “There is apparently a lot of money to be made in this transition activity. Why else would doctors be pushing this?”
Mental Health Struggles
“So she was suffering from mental health issues when she thought she should become a male? Knock me over with a feather.” exclaimed one reader.
A question came from another user, “My question is, How stupid are doctors, teachers, school boards, health professionals that they can’t see these children are suffering from a form of mental illness and should be treated for it?”
An internet diagnosis came from one reader, “It’s called Body dysmenorrhea. It’s the same as being anorexic. It’s a mental health issue not a physical issue. But they turn it into a physical issue.”
Others had a different opinion: “lying in the bed I made…” and “Sowin’, reapin’…” were the responses of another couple of followers of the story.
Hein is represented by the Center for American Liberty, the Thomas More Society, and the Keating O’Gara law firm.
The suit names the University of Nebraska Medical Center; Nebraska Medicine; Nahia J. Amoura, M.D.; Perry Johnson, M.D.; Stephan Barrientos, M.D.; and psychotherapist Megan Smith-Sallans.
Nebraska Medicine declined to comment, and the rest of the medical professionals did not respond to requests for comment.
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Source: Daily Mail