DeLuca & Weizenbaum, Ltd.
Call Today for a
FREE Consultation
Toll-Free: 888-876-9415
Phone: 401-354-7233
View Our Practice Areas

Couple goes to court for son who received corrective surgery

There are a large number of potential situations that can be considered medical malpractice. While most people first thing of surgical error, some of the lesser-known categories of medical malpractice are beginning to get attention in recent years.

One landmark case involves an intersex child from South Carolina. His adopted parents have recently filed a medical malpractice lawsuit on his behalf. This is due to the fact that surgery was performed on him after his birth parents lost custody of him. While he was under the care of social service, it was decided between social service and doctors that the child would have corrective surgery. This surgery made him look like a girl. While his adopted parents initially raised him as a girl, they stopped when he continued to insist that he was a boy and began to look into the case.

When it comes to intersex children, these decisions are not uncommon. Up until recently, they were not contested either. Many doctors recommended immediate surgery on any intersex infants who did not fit into either one gender mold or the other. It was also highly recommended for parents to raise their children as whichever sex that they most closely visually resembled. In many cases, the parents would also keep the condition under wraps. This is either because they felt shameful or because they feared that they or their child would be ostracized.

While there is still a long way to go when it comes to equality for intersex people, this lawsuit is a step in the right direction. If the parents succeed, it will let others know that operating on an infant or young child without their understanding or consent may no longer be tolerated in the future.

Source: ABC 6 News, "Intersex surgeries spark move away from drastic treatment," Lindsey Tanner, April 17, 2015

No Comments

Leave a comment
Comment Information
Email Us For A Response

Contact The Firm

Bold labels are required.

Contact Information
disclaimer.

The use of the Internet or this form for communication with the firm or any individual member of the firm does not establish an attorney-client relationship. Confidential or time-sensitive information should not be sent through this form.

close

Privacy Policy

Providence Personal Injury Office

199 North Main Street
Providence, RI 02903

Toll Free: 888-876-9415
Phone: 401-354-7233
Fax: 401-453-1501
Providence Law Office Map