The travail described by an 18-year-old California woman is a cautionary tale for parents of children identifying as transgender.
Chloe Cole was a normal girl until she was about nine, when she was perceived as suffering gender dysphoria. She struggled with it from about 11, when she was first exposed to LGBTQ ideology through online platforms, according to a Catholic News Agency report.
She first expressed confusion regarding her gender to her primary pediatric care provider at 12, her lawyer added.
Cole was prescribed puberty blockers and testosterone by her doctors when she was 13, the report noted. She also had a double mastectomy performed on her before she was 17, according to her attorney.
“This radical, off-label, and inadequately studied course of chemical and surgical ‘treatment’ for Chloe’s mental condition amounted to medical experimentation on Chloe,” argued attorney Harmeet Dhillon in a notice of intent to sue. “As occurs in most gender dysphoria cases, Chloe’s psychological condition resolved on its own when she was close to reaching adulthood, and she no longer desires to identify as a male.”
Dhillon explains her client’s body was mutilated, causing her to lose social development with her peers at milestones that may never be reversed or regained.
The attorney claims Cole’s doctors, The Permanente Medical Group, Kaiser Foundation Health Plan, and Kaiser Foundation Hospitals coerced her client to undergo what she called a medical experiment. Dhillon alleges they propagated two lies to accomplish their medical goals.
Dhillon claims the young girl’s doctors informed her and her parents her best path forward was to socially and medically transition to appear more like a male. Otherwise, doctors said, Chloe’s gender dysphoria would never go away and she would be at high risk for committing suicide.
Doctors reportedly asked Cole’s parents, “Would you rather have a dead daughter or a live son?”
Dhillon noted most childhood gender dysphoria cases resolve by the time the child reaches adulthood. She added their self-perception tends to realign with their biological sex.
“Despite an undeniable body of relevant medical literature, Defendants never once informed Chloe of the possibility, indeed the high likelihood, that her gender dysphoria would resolve, without cross-sex treatment, by the time she reached adulthood,” Dhillon wrote in her notice to defendants.
Cole’s doctors allegedly failed to inform her parents about less invasive treatments available, according to her lawyer. Alternatives include monitoring Chloe’s psychological condition and/or receiving noninvasive psychological or psychiatric counseling or treatment, Dhillon stated.
“My teenage life has been the culmination of excruciating pain, regret, and most importantly injustice,” Cole said, according to a Daily Caller report. “It is impossible for me to recoup what I have lost, but I will insure no child will be harmed at the hands of these liars and mutilators. I am suing these monsters.”
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