At just 13 years old, teenager Chloe Cole — who thought she was a boy — started taking puberty blockers, began a round of testosterone and, just two years later, underwent a double mastectomy. Now she’s suing the medical group that allowed it all to happen.
The 18-year-old Cole announced Thursday her intent to sue the Permanente Medical Group, Kaiser Foundation Health Plan, and Kaiser Foundation Hospitals whose medical personnel “performed, supervised, and/or advised transgender hormone therapy and surgical intervention for Chloe Cole when she was between 13-17 years old.”
In a press release, Cole, represented by attorney Harmeet Dhillon, said her teenage life “has been the culmination of excruciating pain, regret and, most importantly, injustice.”
“I have been emotionally and physically damaged and stunted by so-called medical professionals in my most important developmental period,” she continued. “I was butchered by an institution that we trust more than anything else in our lives. What is worse is that I am not alone in my pain.”
“I will ensure that the blood and tears of detransitioners like me will not be in vain,” Cole continued. “It is impossible for me to recoup what I have lost, but I will fight to ensure that no other children will be harmed at the hands of these liars and mutilators.”
Dhillon, CEO of the Center for American Liberty, explained during an appearance alongside her client on Fox News’ “Tucker Carlson Tonight” that Cole is the victim of “medical malpractice and frankly mutilation.”
“The medical system shouldn’t dictate the future of young children’s lives,” Dhillon said in a statement. “Through this legal action, we will hold the ‘professionals’ involved accountable for their deliberate choices to mutilate children and financially benefit from it without regard to the human tragedies they created.”
Cole explained to Fox News host Tucker Carlson that she was just 12 years old when she was told she could medically change her sex from female to male. From day one, she said, she was affirmed in her decision — as a child — to permanently alter her body.
She said neither she nor her parents were ever “informed of the option of psychiatric treatment or an approach that attempted to treat the underlying psychological conditions to bring about a mental state congruent with [her] biological sex.”
Furthermore, the now-detransitioned teenager said she and her parents were “falsely informed” she was at an elevated risk of committing suicide and were faced with this terrifying ultimatum: “Would you rather have a dead daughter or a live son?”
The fear-mongering questions and misleading advice has left Cole in a tragic position.
“They removed both of my breasts, and I will never have them back,” she told Carlson. “As an adult, I never will be able to breastfeed whatever children I will have. I don’t even know if — because I was put on puberty blockers and testosterone at only 13 years old — I don’t know if I’ll even be able to conceive a child naturally, because I made an adult decision as a child.”
“I’m 18 years old now and I’m, quite frankly, I’m devastated with what has happened to me,” she continued. “It’s been very hard to cope with the loss of my breasts and it’s affected other areas of my life as well. I’m really not sure about the overall picture of my reproductive health and I’ve been … the treatments have made me very sickly, actually.”
News of Cole’s lawsuit comes as lawmakers in states like Florida and Tennessee are fighting to ban clinics and hospitals from performing irrevocable transgender-related surgeries and treatments on minors.