A woman who allegedly self-diagnosed herself as having gender dysphoria as a teenager is suing two Wisconsin surgeons who removed her uterus and breasts, saying they did the procedures without her proper consent.
Jay Lick and Katherine Gast, as well as UW Hospital were named in the suit in Dane County Circuit Court, the Wisconsin State Journal reported.
Lick reportedly removed the now-23-year-old woman’s uterus when she was 19, while Gast performed her double mastectomy when she was 21.
Both surgeries were considered gender-affirming procedures, according to the suit.
The lawsuit argues the woman self-diagnosed herself as having gender dysphoria in her late teens, but that doctors did not independently diagnose her, according to the Wisconsin State Journal.
The woman, who now lives in Chicago, said she previously identified as lesbian and then nonbinary to “cleanse her of the severe psychological distress and trauma that she endured as a child,” according to the suit.
The patient allegedly had a “series of traumatizing events within her childhood home, including being sexually abused.”