A Florida woman who claims she was rushed into taking hormone-disrupting drugs is suing the doctors who gave her testosterone as a child.
Isabelle Ayala, now 20, claims doctors ignored the fact that she has autism, ADHD and PTSD. Anxiety disorder, bipolar disorder and Depression when she was prescribed the medication used to transition from girls to boys at the age of 14.
She received the hormone injections after just two appointments after discovering the concept of being trans on Instagram, Kik and Tumblr, which led her to believe she was born in the wrong body.
She now suffers from daily pain, including vaginal dryness, burning and itching that usually occurs after menopause, and is unsure whether she will be able to have children in the future.
Ms. Ayala is suing the doctors who treated her and the American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP), an association of pediatricians, which she says knowingly misled the public by publishing a fraudulent “policy statement” on affirmative care and disseminated, which was perceived by many as the definitive guide to the treatment of gender-confused children in the United States.
Isabelle Ayala, now 20, is suing the doctors who treated her and the American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP)
Dr. Jason Rafferty (pictured left), a Harvard graduate, was the author of the 2018 AAP policy statement, which essentially created the “affirmative care” model, in which the doctor is guided by the patient’s expressed wishes and identity acknowledges, confirms and supports the individual stated. Pictured on the right is Dr. Michelle Forcier, one of the country’s most prominent figures in the field of gender-affirming hormones and care plans, who, like Dr. Rafferty contributed to the care of Ms. Ayala
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She also told doctors she wasn’t sure whether she should take testosterone because she might want to have a biological child in the future.
Testosterone is a male hormone that stops the menstrual cycle and reduces the ovaries’ ability to produce estrogen, meaning it can affect fertility and sexual function.
Isabelle’s lawsuit is the latest in a growing number of lawsuits by relegators against their medical providers, leading some to speculate that a class action lawsuit may be pending.
Just last week, Layton Ulery of North Carolina sued the same doctors for putting her on the transition path as a “broken and unstable” teenager, even though she suffered from multiple personality disorder.
Ms. Ayala experienced a traumatic childhood. She was sexually abused at the age of seven, which caused her to experience early puberty the following year.
She began self-harming at age 11 and spent more and more time on Instagram, Kik, and Tumblr, which introduced her to the concept of being “trans” and led her to believe that she was born the wrong gender.
When she was 12, she told her mother that she wanted to be a boy. Her mother believed she had been ensnared by gender ideology and wanted her to wait until she was an adult before undergoing irreversible medical procedures, while her father was willing to do whatever satisfied Isabelle in the short term.
Around this time, Ms. Ayala’s parents separated, which exacerbated her poor mental health.
At the end of December 2016, Isabelle moved from Florida to Rhode Island with her father and half-brother, which meant leaving her mother and friends behind.
Her father took her to Hasbro Children’s Hospital. At her first appointment, less than two weeks after her 14th birthday, the doctor noted Isabelle’s family history of anxiety disorders, bipolar disorder, depression and post-traumatic stress disorder, as well as Isabelle’s previously diagnosed ADHD, depression, anxiety and self-harm scars.
A week later she had an appointment with Dr. Horacio Hojman, a child psychiatrist, who diagnosed her as transgender and hospitalized her for a week.
During her week-long stay in the hospital, she met Dr. Get to know Jason Rafferty – the author of the 2018 AAP policy statement that essentially created the “affirmative care” model, in which the doctor is guided by the wishes expressed by the patient and acknowledges, confirms and supports those of the person specified identity.
At this meeting, Isabelle expressed a desire to have a penis, swap bodies with a boy, and “do everything” to develop an outwardly male appearance, but also shared her fears about medical transition: that She might want to have a biological child later.
Dr. Rafferty’s visit lasted less than an hour, after which he recommended testosterone injections.
Isabelle’s mother refused to give consent, which led to a follow-up meeting where Dr. Rafferty and his team convinced her mother to change her mind by presenting testosterone as the only available option and suggesting that if they did not agree, Isabelle would commit suicide.
In spring 2017, Isabelle started taking testosterone injections. At her first follow-up appointment, Dr. Gillian Morris gets her dose without asking Isabelle’s mother.
After taking testosterone for more than six months, Isabelle sought out Dr. Michelle Forcier showed up at Hasbro Children’s Hospital and told her that she had been “increasingly depressed and anxious over the last few months,” but Dr. Forcer did nothing to slow the transition process.
Dr. Forcer is one of the country’s most prominent figures when it comes to “gender-specific hormones and care plans.”
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Afterwards she gained wider national recognition her appearance in Filmmaker Matt Walsh’s documentary “What is a Woman?”, in which she argued that young children can decide their gender identity.
In November 2017, Isabelle attempted suicide.
She later moved back to Florida in June 2018 and continued taking testosterone for about a year before quitting it “cold turkey.”
Without the sex hormones, Isabelle gradually overcame her gender dysphoria and realized she was not a boy.
The years of testosterone injections have left her Vaginal atrophy, physical pain and the triggering of an autoimmune disease, Hashimoto’s disease, which only ran in men in her family.
“Isabelle suffered from vaginal atrophy due to excessive testosterone consumption; she takes care of excess facial and body hair; she struggles with compromised bone structure; she is unsure whether her fertility is irreversibly impaired; “She continues to have mental health issues and suffers from episodes of anxiety and depression, compounded by feelings of regret,” the lawsuit states.