This makes the news because a sector of society wants to insist that things like science, and biology, are interpretational concepts.
DATELINE- The Twilight Zone
A hospital is currently the target of leftist-activist outrage because a patient came into the emergency room with stomach pains, who was “properly” listed as Male in the health records — but “he” also had some other gender-specific symptoms. From another gender.
The Associated Press reports the transgendered man, reportedly obese and complaining of stomach pains, was misdiagnosed by hospital staff who did not think to check if the man was pregnant. Only much later when the condition was noted no fetal signs of life were initially found. This means once the staff came to understand the transgender individual was actually pregnant, due to complications there was a stillbirth.
“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 healthcare system,” said the lead author, Dr. Daphna Stroumsa of the University of Michigan, Ann Arbor. “He was rightly classified as a man” in the medical records and appears masculine,” Stroumsa said. “But that classification threw us off from considering his actual medical needs.”
Another health expert weighed in on the episode.
Nic Rider, a transgender health specialist and psychologist at the University of Minnesota, said training isn’t enough. “There are implicit biases that need to be addressed,” Rider said.
So bias training is said to be needed, because when a male checked in to the hospital they did not assume other female-related issues? I’m confused — they treated him like a male, as commanded by social activist leaders, but the hospital is to blame for not assuming FEMALE symptoms could also have been in play? Now that a hospital followed the directives of activists regarding the transgender designations that hospital is accused of bias…for doing what is directed.
The 32-year-old patient told the nurse he was transgender when he arrived at the emergency room and his medical record listed him as male. He hadn’t had a period in several years and had been taking testosterone, a hormone that has masculinizing effects and can decrease ovulation and menstruation. A home pregnancy test was positive.
Sidestepping certain biological issues here, how about some common sense? Allowing for all of the possible confusion, would it not have been incumbent upon the patient to tell the staff about the pregnancy test? Why is it the hospital is said to have been negligent when, in truth, the staff acted in a fashion that is normally commanded
We are constantly being told that if someone demands to be recognized as a particular sex – regardless of their birthed gender – it is wrong to not accept them strictly as the gender they state. But now it is also wrong for a hospital to treat a male as a male, even when they see “Male” on the health chart, and not presume female characteristics?! This is not just obtuse thinking, it is rampant idiocy.
This particular case, while certainly not an average encounter, is a prime example of what can transpire when social desires collide with scientific realities. Hospitals need to operate with a certain level of biological standards to diagnose and treat patients correctly. To pass off responsibility onto the institutions and not make it incumbent on the patient to be as forthright as possible will not lead to more clarity but instead to more issues like the one described here.