Man gives birth to still born after hospital couldn’t identify that he was transgender

2019-05-16 15:30
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An obese 32-year-old transgender man recently gave birth to a stillborn after being admitted to hospital for stomach cramps, which were then discovered to be labour pains, according to DailyMail.

Upon arrival at the hospital the man revealed to the nurses that he was transgender and had tested positive in a home pregnancy.

Not paying attention to the urgency of the matter simply because of his masculine appearance and ruling that the man was in a stable condition even after he had “peed himself”, which was a clear indication of raptured membranes, a nurse eventually ordered a pregnancy test.

Several hours later an ultrasound was done which confirmed the pregnancy, further alerting the staff that he was indeed in labour but the fetus had suffered so many complications which resulted in its eminent stillbirth.

“He was rightly classified as a man in the medical records and appears masculine,” explained Dr Daphna Stroumsa, an obstetrics and gynaecology resident at Henry Ford Hospital according to APNews.

This case, which was described as tragic by Wednesday’s New England Journal of Medicine, could’ve been prevented if the healthcare system interacted differently with transgender people. Social Work Today suggests that, “Bias against transgender people takes an enormous toll on their health through direct harm, lack of appropriate care, and a hostile environment.”

This is not the first case of a transgender pregnancy, in a reported case in 2017 a transgender man from Wisconsin, who had no surgical alteration such as womb removal, successfully gave birth to his second child, four years after transitioning.

READ MORE: Science finds a way for transgender males to maintain fertility

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