Pregnant Transgender Man Gives Birth To Stillborn Baby
Assigning labels and making assumptions about folks’s identities may trigger deadly outcomes. That was the case for one New England man who went to the hospital with extreme belly pains solely to have a nurse not think about it an emergency — claiming that the person was “obese and had stopped taking blood pressure medicines.” But fairly the opposite. It seems that the 32-year old unidentified man was in labor, and wound up giving delivery to a stillborn child that very same day.
According to Dr. Daphna Stroumsa of the University of Michigan, this incident factors to a larger difficulty concerning transgender folks and healthcare.
“The point is not what’s happened to this particular individual but this is an example of what happens to transgender people interacting with the health care system. He was rightly classified as a man” within the medical data and seems masculine, Stroumsa mentioned. “But that classification threw us off from considering his actual medical needs.”
The man revealed to the nurse that he was transgender when he arrived on the emergency room. He even disclosed that he was he hadn’t had a interval in a number of years and had been taking testosterone. Unfortunately, he needed to stop taking the hormone and blood strain treatment after he misplaced insurance coverage.
“Several hours later, a doctor evaluated him and the hospital test confirmed pregnancy. An ultrasound showed unclear signs of fetal heart activity, and an exam revealed that part of the umbilical cord had slipped into the birth canal. Doctors prepared to do an emergency cesarean delivery, but in the operating room no fetal heartbeat was heard. Moments later, the man delivered a stillborn baby.”
Clearly, the healthcare system has to do extra to boost medical consciousness. SMH.
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