A trans-identifying teenager died from vaginoplasty complications during the main Dutch study cited to support child sex changes.
A “healthy” 18-year-old trans-identifying male died after surgeons created a “neo-vagina” for him using his own colon tissue. The procedure resulted in fatal necrotizing fasciitis, according to a 2016 medical article documenting the teen’s death.
The culprit appears to have been a deadly strain of E-Coli that likely came from the teen’s own intestines, meaning using colon tissue for the vaginoplasty likely caused his death. He developed septic shock and underwent multiple organ failures before dying, despite repeated surgical intervention to remove damaged tissue and plenty of intravenous antibiotics at the ICU.
The complications began 24 hours after the initial vaginoplasty surgery. Gruesome, graphic photos show the teen’s body during his last hours, his decaying genitals surrounded by huge, red, cloud-shaped patches of red skin on his legs and torso.
“Transgender women with early-onset gender dysphoria, treated with puberty suppressing hormones, report fewer behavioral and emotional problems and an improvement of general functioning,” the medical article states of the teen’s physical and mental health before the surgery.
The surgeons used the teen’s colon tissue because there was not enough tissue from his penis for them to use to create the “neo-vagina.” The lack of penile tissue was due to puberty blockers the teen had been put on when he was very young, causing his penis to be underdeveloped.
Dutch researchers assessed him after he was put on puberty blockers when he was a participant in the seminal study cited today to support medical intervention for trans-identifying children, including puberty suppression, cross-sex hormones, and sex change surgery.
The 2014 study purports to have found that puberty suppression, followed by cross-sex hormones and gender reassignment surgery, provides gender dysphoric youth “the opportunity to develop into well-functioning young adults.”
Today, nearly a decade later, the Dutch study is widely cited by medical professionals to support medically transitioning children from an early age, starting at the first signs of puberty.
Dr. Michael Biggs, a sociologist who has been a prominent voice against the “Dutch protocol” that pushes medical transition for children, spoke about the teen’s death in a recent interview.
“Instead of using the penile tissue, they will have to use some of your colon,” Biggs said. “Now of course, that means opening up your intestines, and that’s obviously much much much riskier because then you have a different site and of course, intestines are also messy.”
“Although vaginal reconstruction has a positive influence on the quality of life in transgender women, physicians and patients need to be aware of serious complications that might arise,” the medical article about the teen’s death concludes.
Gender dysphoria is on the rise in the U.S., especially among teens and children. Last year, about 300,000 teens ages 13 to 17 identified as transgender across the country.
Meanwhile, medical interventions like puberty blockers, cross-sex hormones, and sex change surgeries are rising.
The sex reassignment surgery market in the U.S. was worth about $1.9 billion in 2021 and is expected to expand in the coming years as more people seek out these surgeries.