Aydin Olson-Kennedy, MSW urges “Gender Surgery” for Down Syndrome Child in Intensive Care Unit
August 21, 2015
Social worker Aydin Olson-Kennedy of the Los Angeles Gender Center is calling on the transgender community to donate funds to perform a double mastectomy on a child with Down Syndrome who is currently in an Intensive Care Unit due to her complex medical issues. “Just say yes to donating and sharing”, urges Olson-Kennedy. Aydin is a representative of The Child and Adolescent Program at Los Angeles Gender Center, which works in collaboration with Dr. Johanna Olson, Md. at Children’s Hospital of Los Angeles, rubber-stamping children as psychologically competent to undergo the irreversible medical gender treatments the doctor provides before the age of consent. Aydin is a lesbian who takes testosterone and has undergone breast removal herself. Regular readers may remember her long-running YouTube channel “Aydin33” where she deliberated at length over her own gender-related mental health issues. Aydin Olson-Kennedy and Johanna Olson were legally married in a lesbian ceremony last month which was featured in Gay Weddings Magazine. In addition to their positions facilitating and administering off-label sex hormone treatments to children under the age of consent, both Aydin Olson-Kennedy and Dr. Johanna Olson are also employed by the Endo International Pharmaceutical corporation which formulates and markets the hormones being prescribed.
The fundraiser for the developmentally-disabled child, named “Sky”, is scripted by her mother, “Mary T”, as the child is apparently unable to read and write, or dictate on her own. It reads:
I have come a ways on my journey as a transgender young man, feeling awkward and out of place in the female assigned body in which I was born. Realizing my male identity, I have felt since early puberty that this is wrong, that this isn’t the way a dude’s body is supposed to appear. I have, accordingly, worn multiple baggy layers to cover the uncomfortable masses on my chest for the last many years and tried to convince everyone that I came across that it’s not me, that I’m a guy. It pains me even to look at an image of myself. I acknowledge that it has been quite a journey for my mom to adjust too, having had no previous knowledge that I was actually born this way. When my mom was finally on board with the right understanding and able to affirm my gender, we spent the last few years together, trying to find all the right treatments and supports.
I am, finally, ready to proceed with top surgery (a double mastectomy with bilateral male chest reconstruction). My long time family practitioner and recent mental health therapist agree that this procedure is necessary for me. Without it, I will have continued problems with my health and emotional well being, as is common for transgender individuals who do not receive the medical interventions that they require.
Though the road has seemed long, what I have wanted and hoped to see happen, since discovery of my developing body embarking on the wrong pubescent path, will finally be!! The surgery date is set and plans have been finalized for a flight and accommodations mid-summer to meet the surgeon we have settled on for this procedure.
Our next challenge is to pay for surgery costs and all other related costs in getting there and staying until post-op appointment time. As I and my mom both rely on a limited fixed income and are struggling with finances at this time, embarking on this may create much hardship for us in the near future, if we don’t get a little help from our friends, old and new.
There have already been many costs involved for accessing the care that I have needed. The state Medicaid that is all of my health insurance will not be accepted by appropriate surgeons anywhere that we have looked and it is up to my mom and me to find a way to foot the bill for my top surgery. It is our goal to collect as much as we can to cover these total estimated costs which will easily come to at least $11,500 for surgery, facility fees, travel and accommodations for myself and my mom for one week.
There appears to be a lag in fundraising, while some time has been lost in promoting. Top surgery for Sky will now, very unfortunately, need be postponed a few more months down the road from the August date we had scheduled, as Sky is currently in ICU with a critical medical condition that need first be resolved. This turn of events does allow us more time to gather much needed funds to take care of things for Sky, before coming up near to a new surgery date. Your help is needed now more than ever. Please donate to get us to Sky’s top surgery.
We have received an additional $125 in donations this last week to add to the tally shown here for a total of $725 received toward our goal. We are so very grateful for the kindness and generosity of all of you who have contributed to Sky’s cause. Please continue to share and promote this fundraiser site, as you are able, to help us to get closer to being able to pay for all expenses of Sky’s top surgery. As the date of the procedure approaches, Sky is feeling more and more encouraged to believe that his dream WILL soon be realized.
We actually are starting out with a few donations from prior fundraising effort. Total received so far for Sky’s top surgery is $405.00. So add that to what is shown here that is raised towards our desired goal. NO AMOUNT IS TOO SMALL. Please donate what you can and pay it forward, if you will.”
The age of the girl is unknown. Also unknown is whether off-label hormone treatments have been administered to the child’s reproductive system. The mother also runs a “Top Surgery for Sky” Facebook Page that contains various other fundraisers. Thank you to blogger 4th Wave Now, (“a lefty gender-critical mom of a teen would-be FTM”), who first brought this situation to our attention via her important post: “Coming soon to a state near you? Double mastectomy for your 15-year-old, without parental consent”.
*UPDATE* Read Dirt’s explosive two-part follow-up to this story here: http://dirtywhiteboi67.blogspot.com/2015/08/ftm-top-surgery-for-sky-tragic-story-in.html
Filed in Children, Medicine, Transgender Children
Tags: age of medical consent, Aydin Kennedy, Aydin Olson-Kennedy, Aydin33, Children's Hospital of Los Angeles, cognitive impairment, developmental disability, differently abled, Down Syndrome, Endo International, Endo Pharmaceutical, eugenics, informed consent, Johanna Olson, Johanna Olson-Kennedy, Los Angeles Gender Center, pediatric medicine, pediatrics, transgender medicine