In science, doctor’s guidance, family finds hope – By Judy Harrison, BDN Staff

“People need to understand that no one chooses this for themselves or for their child,” says Dr. Norman Spack, a pediatric endocrinologist and one of the few physicians in New England who is using a puberty suppression protocol to treat transgender children. “The attempted suicide rate for people who go untreated and unsupported is 45 percent. This population has one of the highest suicide rates of any population in the world. Once they walk in the door for treatment that kind of depression ends.”