(Daily Beast) -- Alesha, a 23-year-old Pakistani transgender activist, survived multiple gunshots. She even made it to the hospital, albeit in critical condition. But in the end, it wasn’t her shooter that sealed her fate—it was a transphobic medical staff.
Her story is not just tragic proof of anti-transgender discrimination and violence abroad. What happened to her in a Pakistani hospital can and does happen in the United States.
According to the Pakistani newspaper Express Tribune, after Alesha arrived at Lady Reading Hospital in Peshawar, authorities “kept her waiting for over an hour as they couldn’t decide whether to shift her in the male or female ward.” Then, as the LA Times reported, the staff spent “several hours” insisting that she could not go to either ward.
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Her fellow activists with the Trans Action Alliance Khyber Pakhtunkhwa (TAA) demanded that Alesha be treated, ultimately succeeding in moving her to a private room. But it was too late. The critically-injured young woman underwent surgical treatment for internal bleeding and died Wednesday morning.