Doctors report the tragic case of a hospital that did not act urgently when a pregnant transgender woman gave birth with work that resulted in stillbirth.
They say it shows the need to think beyond labels to provide the best care. There is a similar risk of the disappearance of diseases such as sickle cell anemia and cystic fibrosis, which largely affect certain racial groups.
When he arrived at the hospital with severe abdominal pain, the patient told a nurse that he was transgender and that a home pregnancy test was positive. The nurse noticed that he was obese and that he was not taking medication for blood pressure. A few hours later, the doctors confirmed that he was giving birth, which resulted in stillbirth.
Where and when the case occurred is not revealed. It is described in the New England Journal of Medicine on Wednesday.