An indigenous transgender woman has slammed Canada's healthcare system for rejecting her euthanasia request despite the pain she endures from a surgic
In social media posts, Lois Cardinal, a self-proclaimed ‘sterilized First Nations post-op transsexual’ said regret over her medical transition led her to apply for a lethal injection in January.
Cardinal, who lives on a native reserve near St. Paul, Alberta, posted her medical records from the request online this week to draw attention to radical gender ideology.
Her case underscores the perils of Canada’s ultra-liberal healthcare system — one of the world’s most permissive for both euthanasia and affirming an individual’s chosen gender.
‘I’m in constant discomfort and pain,’ the 35-year-old told DailyMail.com.
In a series of social media posts, Lois Cardinal rails against the transgender ideology that led to her problematic surgery
Cardinal, who goes by Duchess Lois on social media, posted her suicide-request documents online
‘It’s taking this psychological burden on me. If I’m not able to access proper medical care, I don’t want to continue to do this.’
Cardinal underwent a vaginoplasty in 2009, but developed complications and quickly regretted the procedure.
She told DailyMail.com that she feels constant pressure, pain and discomfort now, many years after the original surgery.
The difficult procedure involves inverting the penis into a neo-vagina.
Most recipients suffer pain and discomfort afterward, according to a recent study from the University of Florida.
Pain during intercourse and bladder problems are common.
Neo-vaginas must also be dilated regularly to stop them from collapsing.
On Wednesday, Cardinal posted online the papers of her formal request under Canada’s medical assistance in dying (MAiD) law.
In the documents, Cardinal’s doctor, who is not identified, cites her underlying problem as ‘pain/anxiety related to neo-vagina for gender affirmation.’
In the papers, the doctor said she consulted another clinician and referred Cardinal to a specialist, but ultimately rejected her MAiD request.
‘Based on current clinical information and consultations [the patient] does not meet current MAiD criteria,’ the doctor wrote.
The unidentified doctor said Cardinal endured ‘pain/anxiety’ due to the neo-vagina that was built in her transgender surgery
Cardinal was raising money for corrective treatment at a gender clinic in Montreal, the doctor added.
She could be ‘reassessed’ for MAiD in the future if there is a ‘change in clinical status.’
‘The patient is aware she can contact me again for her ongoing journey for an assisted death,’ added the practitioner.
The doctor said Cardinal was told about the ‘means available to relieve’ her suffering.
Canada’s assisted suicide program is available to adults with a serious and incurable illness, disease, or disability, and who are in an advanced state of irreversible decline.
Cardinal may not be eligible because other treatments could solve her problem.
She said she was later prescribed a ‘numbing cream’ for her neo-vagina, but that it ‘doesn’t work.’
Her rejection for MAiD amounted to a ‘human rights concern,’ she said.
Doctors are more interested in finding out what pronouns she uses than easing her pain, she told DailyMail.com.
‘I’m not getting any better and nor am I experiencing better medical care, or any medical care,’ Cardinal said.
‘It’s so captured by gender ideologies, that they care more about my pronouns.’
Unless her referrals to specialists help to ease her pain, she will re-apply for assisted suicide in the coming months, she added.
In other social media posts, Cardinal slams the transgender ideas that led to her to bottom surgery 14 years ago.
In one post, Cardinal burns an LGBTQ+ flag to signal her fears over radical gender ideology
Canada is on track to record some 13,500 doctor-assisted suicides in 2022
In one video, she burns a version of the LGBTQ+ flag.
In others, she appears frustrated and even on the verge of tears.
‘I do not agree with the current rhetoric of the trans community,’ she says.
‘A lot of the so-called trans hate is fuelled by the trans community, because we aren’t allowed to have honest and tough conversations.’
She says ‘children and vulnerable’ Canadians, especially its native population, are ‘falling prey to a trend that is medicalized.’
Doctor-assisted suicides and gender-affirming procedures are less controversial in Canada than in the US.
Alex Schadenberg, head of Canada’s Euthanasia Prevention Coalition, a campaign group, told DailyMail.com that Cardinal’s posts showed ‘how crazy Canada’s MAiD law has become.’
A 2021 law loosened MAiD rules, making people like Cardinal who were not close to death eligible for deadly jabs, he said.
‘Lois was turned down for MAiD, which shows you that some sanity still exists in Canada,’ Schadenberg said.
‘My concern is that after the federal government expands Canada’s euthanasia law to include people with mental health issues in March 2024, people in similar circumstances to Lois may be approved.’
Many Canadians support euthanasia and the campaign group, Dying With Dignity, says procedures are ‘driven by compassion, an end to suffering and discrimination and desire for personal autonomy.’
Critics say the country’s regulations lack necessary safeguards, devalue the lives of disabled people, and prompt doctors and health workers to suggest the procedure to those who might not otherwise consider it.
The country is on track to record some 13,500 state-sanctioned suicides in 2022, a 34 percent rise on the 10,064 in 2021, according to Schadenberg’s analysis of official data.
Alberta is conservative compared to the rest of Canada, but still saw MAiD numbers jump 41 percent to 836 cases last year.