A formerly transgender teenager from California is suing the medical group and hospital that encouraged her to undergo a gender transition at the age of 15, citing this as the only option for her to break free of her mental illness and live a happy life.
Chloe Cole, an 18-year-old female, was put on puberty blockers at the age of 13, causing joint pain, weak bone density, and continuous UTI symptoms. She had a double mastectomy when she was only 15, and was prescribed puberty blockers and cross-sex hormones at the same young age. Now, three years later, she deeply regrets these permanent, life-altering decisions.
Now, Cole is suing those responsible for encouraging her to make a medical transition while still a minor. On November 9, her legal team submitted a letter of intent to sue The Permanente Medical Group, Kaiser Foundation Health Plan, Kaiser Foundation Hospitals, and several doctors who “performed, supervised, and/or advised transgender hormone therapy and surgical intervention for Chloe Cole when she was between 13-17 years old.”
The letter explains that the medical personnel involved in this case “coerced Chloe and her parents to undergo what amounted to a medical experiment by propagating two lies.” The first lie that the defendants are being accused of is “falsely [informing] Chloe and her parents that Chloe’s gender dysphoria would not resolve unless Chloe socially and medically transitioned to appear more like a male.”
The second lie that the medical “professionals” perpetrated was that Cole was at high risk for suicide, which would only be corrected through a social and medical transition. Cole’s parents were also emotionally manipulated, allegedly being given the ultimatum, “Would you rather have a dead daughter or a live son?”
Cole spoke to the Catholic News Agency in September, where she revealed that her parents were “scared and desperate for answers,” and were forced “under extreme duress” to sign off on her transitioning treatments.
Kaiser Permanente is being accused of gross negligence in the handling of Cole’s case, subsequently causing “permanent and irreversible mutilation and damage to her body.”
The letter from Cole’s legal team details that, although she was assured by the medical teams that her distress was the result of gender dysphoria, which would be resolved after she transitioned, her mental condition only worsened.
“Indeed, her mental health and suicidality issues worsened significantly after she had the double mastectomy,” the letter says. “Eventually, Chloe realized that the answer to her struggle was not surgery and hormones, as she had been advised, but a shift in her mental perspective. She realized that the only way she would be happy is if she mentally accepted her biological sex and chose to live a life that aligned with her natural sex.”
“Chloe has suffered physically, socially, neurologically, and psychologically. Among other harms, she has suffered mutilation to her body and lost social development with her peers at milestones that can never be reversed or regained.”
The suit also alleges that the consent form she signed ahead of receiving the puberty blockers and hormones “contained no specific information regarding the actual risks of the testosterone and puberty blockers.”
“The adults who were supposed to take care of and guide me as a child failed to do so and they will take responsibility for it,” Cole told the Epoch Times.
In a separate statement, Cole said,
“My teenage life has been the culmination of excruciating pain, regret, and, most importantly, injustice. What is worse is that I am not alone in my pain. I will see to the fact that the blood and tears of detransitioners like myself will not lay waste. It is impossible for me to recoup what I have lost, but I will ensure no children will be harmed at the hands of these liars and mutilators.”
The 18-year-old most regrets how “the beauty of motherhood” was stolen from her before she was at an age where she could fully comprehend what she was giving up.
Cole is seeking “punitive damages based on the evidence of malice, oppression, and fraud.” However, her ultimate goal is to “set a precedent that will change the landscape for these barbaric processes and to create a pathway for other de-transitioners to seek justice.”
Harmeet Dhillon, one of the attorneys representing Cole, gave a statement on the case, saying, “The medical system shouldn’t dictate the future of young children’s lives. Through this legal action, the ‘professionals’ involved will be held accountable for their despicable plot to mutilate children and financially benefit from it. We will break the cycle of them breaking our children before it’s too late.”
Kaiser Permanente has 90 days to settle this case or respond to the letter of intent before a lawsuit is filed.