IN hospital refuses to treat trans woman

Via Lez Get Real:

Erin Vaught went to a Muncie emergency room coughing up blood. Two hours later, she was refused treatment on grounds that she is transsexual. In what is a serious lapse of medical ethics, and had Vaught died, would have been criminal negligence, Ball Memorial Hospital staff treated Vaught with contempt, ridicule, and even eventually met with dismissal of her condition.It stated when the admitting nurse at the ER entered that Vaught was male into the computer despite the fact that her ID stated that she is female. Vaught stated “I pointed out that my ID says female. There were two ladies there, and one of them snickered a little bit and covered her mouth. The other got a very annoyed look on her face. Vaught was there with her wife and son.

When she went to the exa-room, she was met with stares and insults. She was referred to as a ‘he-she’, an ‘it’, and a ‘transvestite’. Vaught is a transsexual, or one who is physically undergoing the process of changing physical sex. Transvestites are people who often get sexually aroused while wearing the clothes of the opposite gender, but have no desire to change sexes.

The doctor arrives two hours later and said that she could not treat Vaught because of “her transgender condition”. According to Vaught “I was confused. I told them I didn’t know my condition, that’s why I was there. She said ‘No, the transvestite thing.’ She said I couldn’t see a doctor until I came back with test orders from my doctor in Indy.” What her exact condition is has not been released.

Estrogen therapy carries certain risks, including the risks of blood clots. This is why doctors are suppose to be willing to treat transpeople with dignity. What this hospital did was put Vaught in mortal danger.

This is atrocious. And it’s even worse than it looks.

The doctor in question deserves to have his or her name made public to make known the disgrace they have done, hte cruelties which void their Hypocratic oath.  But this bigotry should not only be the concern of LGBTple and their allies; Bell Memorial wasn’t just dismissive of Vaught’s health; they weren’t taking serious the health of everyone in their hospital, and the wider community. Vaught’s emergency situation, as the news piece suggests, was probably connected to the blood clots sometimes resultant from estrogen theraphy. But only medical professionals could have said for sure; coughing blood is a symptom of some pretty serious, transmissable illnesses, like, oh, say, tubriculosis. It’s widely erradicated in the US and most of the Western world, but not unheard of, and still deadly. In laughing off a suffering human being, Ball Memorial was gambling with the probability they weren’t ignoring a preventable public health crisis.


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