A California teen has begun suing the doctors who cut off her breasts at age 13 in a medical gender reassignment she now bitterly regrets, in America’s latest blockbuster trans lawsuit.
The 18-year-old, who goes by the name of Layla Jane, says she never should have gone through the “tormentation” of testosterone hormones at age 12 and puberty blockers and surgery the following year.
She is one of a growing number of detransitioners, as they are called, who come to regret their procedures and sue the doctors they accuse of forcing them into irreversible treatments instead of counseling.
“I don’t think I should have been allowed to change my gender before I could legally consent to sex,” Layla said on Fox News.
“I don’t think I’m better off for the experience, and I think the transition just added fuel to the fire that my pre-existing conditions were.”
As a child, according to legal documents, Layla experienced moodiness, anxiety, gender confusion, and anger issues. At the age of 11, he learned about the radical transgender ideology and went online to learn more about the new trend.
Layla says she should never have gone through the ‘torment’ of breast removal surgery at age 13
Layla experienced moodiness, anxiety, gender confusion and anger issues as a child
Layla started getting testosterone hormones at age 12 and puberty blockers and surgeries the following year to help her become a boy
She self-diagnosed herself as a boy and believed the transition would resolve her mental health issues.
According to the indictment, doctors at Permanente Medical Group and Kaiser Foundation Hospitals rushed her to sex hormones and a double mastectomy without properly assessing her mental health issues.
Her evaluations lasted only 30 minutes and 75 minutes, the data shows.
Legal documents identify the caretakers as Susanne Watson, a psychiatrist in Oakland, San Francisco-based plastic surgeon Winnie Tong, and Lisa Taylor, a pediatric endocrinologist in Oakland.
They are charged with ‘deliberate, malicious and oppressive withholding of material information and false statements’ that forced Layla into the proceedings.
They are said to have presented Layla Jane and her parents with a terrifying choice: “Would you rather have a living son or a dead daughter?” — language echoing complaints from other detransitioners in the US.
“These are decisions I will have to live with for the rest of my life,” Layla said in a statement.
“I’m ready to join the growing band of detransitioners so that no other child has to go through the torment I went through at the hands of doctors I should have trusted.”
Layla speaks in a voice that is deeper than usual for a young woman, which is said to be the result of years of taking the male hormone testosterone. She started transitioning at the age of 17.
Her attorney, Harmeet Dhillon, a conservative activist and CEO of the Center for American Liberty, said Kaiser has emerged as a “repeat player in the growing field of permanently mutilating children for profit.”
Dhillon also represents Chloe Cole, another 18-year-old detransitioner from California who last month sued Kaiser for having her breasts removed when she was 15 and pumping puberty blockers.
“Layla’s medical providers grossly and recklessly violated the standard of care in this case and others,” Dhillon said.
“We look forward to holding them accountable for what they have done, and together we are trying to deter this assembly line, insensitive and destructive treatment of children with these waking, unscientific and barbaric practices.”
Layla experienced moodiness, anxiety, gender confusion and anger issues from the age of six
She started taking testosterone hormones at age 12, which eventually gave her facial hair
Layla self-determined that she was a boy and believed the transition would resolve her mental health issues
Layla, now 18, appears on television news with her attorney, Harmeet Dhillon, a conservative activist and CEO of the Center for American Liberty
Layla is seeking unspecified monetary damages. The company has 90 days to respond before formally filing its lawsuit, according to a 19-page legal complaint.
Kaiser spokesman Marc Brown did not comment on the case, but said the doctors “practice compassionate, evidence-based medicine, based on sound research and best medical practice.”
“When adolescent patients, with parental support, seek gender-affirming care, the patient’s care team carefully evaluates their treatment options,” Brown told DailyMail.com.
“Care decisions always rest with the patient and their parents, and in all cases we respect the informed decisions of the patients and their families about their personal health.”
Gender-affirming care, as it’s called, includes everything from puberty blockers to sex hormones and, in rare cases for trans children under 18, surgery. Several medical associations say such health care saves lives among a suicide-prone group.
But opponents of trans ideology say that sex is determined at birth and cannot be changed, that medical advisory groups have been hijacked by trans ideologues, and that politicians must step in to prevent parents, doctors or therapists from permanently harming children.
Many have been alarmed by the surge in the number of teenage girls with autism and other mental health issues seeking sex reassignment drugs in recent years, and by new studies linking puberty blockers to weaker bones and osteoporosis.
Whether or not to allow drugs and surgeries for trans-identifying children has become a front line in America’s culture wars, with more Republican bills aiming to ban gender-affirming care in 2023 than in any other year to date.
Dhillon says she gets “thousands of calls from people all over the country” wanting to sue healthcare providers for botched trans care, but that “unfortunately most of them are time-barred.”
A recent YouGov survey of 1,000 adults in red and blue states found that Americans were largely against gender-affirming procedures for children.
About 61 percent said it was frowned upon to give puberty blockers to 12-year-olds, while 21 percent said it was acceptable. They also deemed sex hormones and breast surgery unacceptable by similar margins.
A recent YouGov survey of 1,000 adults in red and blue states found that Americans were largely against gender-affirming procedures for children
Critics of the trans movement often point to de-transitioners, who regret their decision to change gender and seek reversals. Pictured: Scars on the chest of Prisha Mosley, who had her breasts removed when she was 18 and now wants to reconstruct her breast through surgery expected to cost thousands of dollars