- A doctor told Mosley she would ‘grow a penis’ from testosterone jabs
- Medics were more interested in money and glory than helping her, it is claimed
- Read more about Mosley’s efforts to raise funds to reconstruct her chest
PUBLISHED: 19:00, 18 July 2023 | UPDATED: 22:28, 18 July 2023
A young North Carolina woman is suing the medical team that put her on testosterone at age 17 and surgically removed her breasts the next year, saying she was fast-tracked into transgender care for profit when she really needed therapy.
Prisha Mosley, 25, says she was confused and battling mental health problems when clinicians suggested cross-sex hormones and a double breast removal after brief consultations, one lasting only minutes.
In her 53-page complaint, she says her doctors ‘lied’, including by saying testosterone jabs would solve her problems and make her ‘grow a penis.’ She has since decided to ‘detransition’ and live as a woman, and seeks financial damages. The treatments left irreversible scars, she says, including a deep voice, body and facial hair, pain in her neck and shoulders, a damaged vagina, and she will not be able to breastfeed and may be infertile.
She is just the latest detransitioner to take legal action against her doctors, in lawsuits that could prove pivotal in America’s heated debate about transgender rights and medical procedures, especially those on children.
‘They lied when they told Mosley she was actually a boy; they lied when they told her that injecting testosterone into her body would solve her numerous, profound mental and psychological health problems,’ says the complaint.
‘They lied by omission, withholding critical information from her about the long-term adverse health consequences and permanent damage these treatments would cause her, and failing to inform her of alternative courses of treatment for her psychological problems.’
Her papers were filed at the Superior Court in Gaston County late on Monday.
They name the plastic surgeon, Eric Emerson, the clinic he worked at, Piedmont Plastic Surgery and Dermatology, in Gaston County, and Brie Klein-Fowler, a counselor, and the clinic she worked at, Family Solutions.
Also named is Shana Gordon, and the center she worked at, Tree of Life Counseling, and Dr Martha Perry, and the provider she worked through, Moses Cone Medical Services.
They are accused of various fraud charges, civil conspiracy, medical malpractice, negligent infliction of emotional distress, and unfair and deceptive trade practices.
The defendants did not immediately answer DailyMail.com’s requests for comment.
Mosley discovered transgenderism online and started socially transitioning to being a boy aged 15, believing it would help her anorexia, anxiety, depression, and recover from a sexual assault she endured when she was 14.
The defendants ‘lied to and misled her into these treatments and procedures for the purpose of making money off of her and bolstering their credentials in the emerging field of so-called gender-affirming care,’ it is claimed.
Dr Perry in January 2015 diagnosed Mosley with a gender identity crisis after an 80-minute session and pushed her onto having testosterone shots, it is claimed.
This was over objections from her parents, who said their daughter had other problems that needed treatment — but they were sidelined from key medical decisions, the papers allege.
Mosley suffered from mental health problems before seeking answers in transgender ideology
In July, Gordon, a counselor, met Mosley for only minutes before telling her that ‘changing her body to look more like a boy’s body would solve her many psychological and mental health problems,’ it is claimed.
Gorden then wrote a ‘boilerplate form letter that was riddled with inaccuracies and misrepresentations’ saying Mosley was ready to begin sex hormone treatment, which started when she was 17, court papers state.
Dr Perry then devised a treatment plan for the patient. She said Mosley ‘was undergoing male puberty, and that as part of this process, she would grow a penis,’ it is alleged.
‘She did experience an enlarged clitoris, but that is not the penis she thought she would grow when Dr Perry told her she would grow one,’ the papers said.
Mosley, now a student in Big Rapids, Michigan, says she eventually decided to detransition and discovered that therapy could address her problems.
She’s trying to raise $15,000 to fund the laser hair removal and breast-reconstruction surgery that she says will help her live as a woman again.
She seeks unspecified financial damages in the court case.
‘I decided to file a lawsuit because more needs to be done,’ Mosley said in a statement to DailyMail.com.
‘Just talking isn’t enough. People who do harm need to be held accountable. I want justice, and I want to stop this preventable tragedy from happening to anyone else.’
Speaking with the Independent Women’s Forum, Mosley said she ‘mutilated’ her body to stop being suicidal.
‘It didn’t work, and now I have horrible scars and traumatic memories on top of the traumatic memories,’ she added.
She joins a growing list of young people who undergo irreversible trans medical procedures, but who regret them and sue the doctors and therapists who they say fast-tracked them onto drugs and surgery.
They include such prominent detransitioners as Chloe Cole and Layla Jane in California, and Camille Kiefel in Oregon.
Gender-affirming care, as it is known, covers everything from puberty blockers to cross-sex hormones and, in rare cases for trans children under 18, surgery. Several medical associations say such healthcare saves lives among a suicide-prone group.
But opponents of trans ideology say sex is determined at birth and cannot be changed, that medical advisory groups have been hijacked by ideologues and that politicians must intervene to stop parents, doctors, or therapists from permanently harming children.
Many are alarmed by the sharp uptick in teenage girls with autism and other mental health woes asking for sex-reassignment in recent years, and of new studies linking puberty blockers to weaker bones and osteoporosis.
Whether to allow drugs and surgery for trans-identifying children has become a frontline in America’s culture wars, with Republicans pushing to outlaw gender-affirming care in some 20 states this year, including North Carolina.
A recent YouGov survey of 1,000 adults across red and blue states found that Americans were largely against gender-affirming procedures for children.
Some 61 percent rejected giving puberty blockers to 12-year-olds, while 21 percent said it was acceptable. They also deemed cross-sex hormones and breast surgeries unacceptable by similar margins.
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