Soren Aldaco, 21, alleged that instead of acting with her best interests at heart, the doctors and therapists she visited acted more like "idealogues," hellbent on "affirming" her belief that she was a male through any means necessary.
The lawsuit, filed Friday at the Tarrant County District Court of Texas, names Del Scott Perry, Sreenath Nekkalapu, Barbara Rose Wood, Richard Santucci, Ashley DeLeon, Crane Clinic LLC, Texas Health Physicians Group, Three Oaks Counseling Group LLC, and Mesa Springs LLC.
Each individual and organization played a role in Aldaco's botched transition, seemingly ignoring the fact that she was "a vulnerable teenager struggling with a slew of mental health issues" in order to push "experimental 'gender affirming' medical therapies."
According to the lawsuit, Aldaco began her transition in 2019 at the age of 17 with a visit to Del Scott Perry's office at the recommendation of Trans-Cendence International. There, Perry wasted no time in prescribing a slew of cross-sex hormones at an "outrageously large, off-label dosage." He did so without consulting Aldaco's parents or warning her of the potential complications.
Just under two years later, Aldaco's relationship therapist, Barbara Wood, wrote and signed a falsehood-riddled letter recommending her for a double mastectomy, and the procedure was "negligently approved" by Drs. Richard Santucci and Ashley DeLeon.
"Despite having actual knowledge of [Aldaco's] long history of and current struggle with Major Depressive Disorder, autism, and other mental health disorders," the lawsuit states, "no Crane Clinic practitioner gave [her] a psychological assessment to ensure she had the capacity to consent or the proper motivations for wanting the surgery."
The lawsuit argues that the approval "was itself a gross breach of the medical standard of care," given Aldaco's comorbidities, age, and "other similar red flags."
Aldaco's surgery did not go as planned, and "horrible complications" soon arose. She documented "pools of blood forming subcutaneously within her torso," and "her nipples literally peeling off," but the aforementioned doctors dismissed her concerns, and did not advise her to seek emergency care.
When the pain became unbearable, she went to the University of Texas Southwestern hospital in Dallas, and was finally cared for.
Following the botched surgery, Aldaco began researching the procedure, and only then learned that it was "experimental," and rife with potential complications. It was then she realized the aforementioned healthcare professionals had "recklessly, if not intentionally, overlooked or ignored her sordid psychological history to justify the approach they had pre-determined to be right for anyone similarly confused about their gender identity."
As the lawsuit explains, Aldaco had struggled with her gender identity since she was a child, and upon experiencing puberty earlier than expected, began to dislike her female body. She underwent numerous psychological evaluations as a teenager, and even spent time in rehabilitation.
None of this, she claims, was taken into consideration by those who pushed her down the path of surgical transition.
Aldaco now presents herself as female, and said that mindfulness taught her that "her body was not the problem at all; the problem was with her perception and expectation of her body that society and social media had all but forced upon her."
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