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De-transitioned teen girl sues hospital system over breast-removal surgery at age 13, lawsuit accuses doctors of 'intentional fraud' about transition

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A de-transitioned teen is suing a hospital system over doctors removing her breasts when she was only 13 years old.

Layla Jane is an 18-year-old biological female who began to identify as transgender at age 11. Jane desired to transition to a male at that time. Initially, doctors at the Kaiser Permanente hospital system denied her transition hormones until she turned 16 years old. However, doctors quickly changed course and approved Jane for cross-sex hormones. At age 12, Jane was put through the "torment" of testosterone hormones and puberty blockers.

At age 13, doctors approved and carried out a double mastectomy on Jane.

Jane wrote on Twitter, "Mind boggling to me that a doctor signed off on a double mastectomy for me before I had taken a sex ed course. I barely started 8th grade, I was 13."

The letter of intent to sue accused the doctors of approving the breast-removal surgery "without performing an adequate evaluation and treatment of Layla’s extensive mental health co-morbidities."

The letter from her attorneys at LiMandri and Jonna LLP claimed that Jane suffers from anxiety, depression, pubertal struggles, body dysmorphia, and serious self-image concerns.

"These doctors also pushed Layla and her parents down this transition path engaging in intentional, malicious, and oppressive concealment of important information and false representations," the letter stated.

The lawsuit against Permanente Medical Group and Kaiser Foundation Hospitals also accused the hospital system of "intentional fraud and concealment."

The lawsuit claimed that doctors warned that Jane would have an increased risk of suicide unless she transitioned. Doctors allegedly gave Jane's parents the binary option of a "live son" or a "dead daughter."

The lawsuit is calling for unspecified financial damages related to health issues related to the transition from ages 12 to 17. The lawsuit listed Jane as suffering from permanent irreversible mutilation, an induced state of endocrine disease, an increased risk of being infertile, and will never be able to breastfeed a child.

During an appearance on Fox News with her attorney Harmeet Dhillon, Jane said, "I don't think I'm better off for the experience, and I think transition just completely added fuel to the fire that was my pre-existing conditions."

Dhillon is also representing Chloe Cole – another California teen de-transitioner who sued Kaiser Permanente hospital system last month. Cole had her breasts removed when she was only 15 years old.

Kaiser issued a statement saying that its doctors "practice compassionate, evidence-based medicine founded on sound research and best medical practices."

"When adolescent patients, with parental support, seek gender-affirming care, the patient's care team carefully evaluates their treatment options," Kaiser spokesman Marc Brown said. "The care decisions always rest with the patient and their parents, and, in every case, we respect the patients and their families' informed decisions about their personal health."

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