A young North Carolina woman is suing the medical team that prescribed her testosterone at age 17 and surgically removed her breasts the following year, alleging they rushed her into for-profit transgender care when she really needed therapy.
Prisha Mosley, 25, says she was confused and battling mental health issues when doctors suggested cross-hormones and a double breast extraction after brief consultations, one of which lasted just two minutes.
In his 53-page complaint, he says his doctors “lied,” even saying testosterone injections would solve his problems and make him “grow a penis.” Since then, she has decided to “de-transition” and live as a woman, and she is seeking 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 most likely an inability to have children or breastfeed.
Prisha Mosley, now 24, is suing the doctors who gave her cross-sex hormones
Mosley bitterly regrets having both breasts removed on her 18th birthday
She is just the latest detransitioner to take legal action against her doctors, in lawsuits that could prove pivotal in America’s heated debate over transgender rights and medical procedures, especially those on children.
“They lied when they told Mosley it was actually a boy; they lied when they told him that injecting testosterone into his body would solve his many deep-seated mental and psychological health problems,’ the complaint states.
“They lied by omission, withholding critical information about the adverse long-term health consequences and permanent damage these treatments would cause you, and they failed to inform you of alternative treatments for your psychological problems.”
Their papers were filed in Gaston County Superior Court Monday night.
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 are Shana Gordon, and the facility she worked at, Tree of Life Counseling, and Dr. Martha Perry, and the provider she worked with, Moses Cone Medical Services.
They are charged with various counts of fraud, civil conspiracy, medical malpractice, negligent infliction of emotional distress, and unfair and deceptive business practices.
The defendants did not immediately respond to DailyMail.com’s requests for comment.
Mosley discovered transgenderism online and began socially transitioning into being a boy at age 15, believing it would help her overcome anorexia, anxiety, depression, and recover from a sexual assault she suffered when she was 14.
The defendants “lied and misled her about these treatments and procedures in order to make money off of her and bolster 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 to receive testosterone injections, it is claimed.
This was due to the objections of her parents, who said their daughter had other problems that needed treatment, but were sidelined from key medical decisions, the documents allege.
Mosley, pictured here after testosterone began to cause her to grow facial hair
Mosley suffered from mental health issues before turning to transgender ideology for answers.
In July, Gordon, a counselor, met with Mosley for just two minutes before telling him that “changing his body to be more like a child’s body would solve a lot of his mental health and psychological problems,” it is claimed.
Gorden then wrote a “standard letter that was riddled with inaccuracies and misrepresentations” saying that Mosley was ready to begin sex hormone treatment, which began when she was 17, according to court documents.
In the treatment plan that Dr. Perry devised shortly thereafter, she said that Mosley “was experiencing male puberty and that as part of this process he would grow a penis,” it is alleged.
“She experienced an enlarged clitoris, but that is not the penis she thought she would grow when Dr. Perry told her she would grow one,” the documents said.
Mosley, now a student in Big Rapids, Michigan, says she eventually decided to transition and found that therapy could address her issues.
She is trying to raise $15,000 to fund laser hair removal and breast reconstruction surgery that she says will help her live as a woman again.
She is seeking 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 is not enough. People who do harm must be held accountable. I want justice and I want to prevent this preventable tragedy from happening to anyone else.
Mosley, who is detransitioning, is seeking damages from her plastic surgeon Eric Emerson (left) and Dr. Martha Fairbanks Perry
The lawsuit also targets Piedmont Plastic Surgery and Dermatology (left) and Tree of Life Counseling
Talking with him Independent Women’s ForumMosley 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 undergoing irreversible trans medical procedures but regretting it and suing the doctors and therapists they say quickly led them to drugs and surgery.
They include such prominent detransitionists as Chloe Cole and Layla Jane in California, and Camille Kiefel in Oregon.
Gender-affirming care, as it’s known, covers everything from puberty blockers to cross-sex hormones and, in rare cases for trans kids under 18, surgery. Several medical associations say that such medical care saves lives among a group prone to suicide.
But opponents of trans ideology say sex is determined at birth and cannot be changed, that medical advice groups have been hijacked by ideologues and that politicians must step in to prevent parents, doctors or therapists from permanently harming children.
Many are alarmed by the sharp increase in teens with autism and other mental health problems seeking gender reassignment in recent years, and by new studies linking puberty blockers to weaker bones and osteoporosis.
Whether it’s to allow drugs and surgery for children who identify as trans, it has become a front line in America’s culture wars, with Republicans pushing to ban gender-affirming care in some 20 states this year, including North Carolina.
A recent YouGov poll of 1,000 adults in red and blue states found that Americans were largely against gender-affirmation procedures for children.
Some 61 percent refused to give puberty blockers to 12-year-olds, while 21 percent said it was acceptable. They also found cross-sex hormones and breast surgeries by similar margins unacceptable.