Georgia Woman Who Identified as Man Dies Following Surgery to Remove Uterus

AUGUSTA, Ga. — A Georgia woman who made headlines last year in her quest to have her middle name changed from female to male has died of sepsis after having a hysterectomy reportedly as part of a sex change operation.

Rebeccah Feldhaus, 25, who goes by the name “Rowan,” had the surgery to remove her uterus earlier this month, but was readmitted to the hospital with complications a short time later.

“[There were] complications post surgery … and it started snowballing from there,” Austin Atkins, a friend of Feldhaus, told WRDW/WAGT-TV. “Rowan knew the risks going into all of this and [she] was willing to accept the risks to do what [she] knew [she] wanted to do.”

Feldhaus went into septic shock and then lost oxygen to her brain. She was an Augusta University student, Army reservist and board member of the homosexual and transgender advocacy group Georgia Equality.

A report from the Augusta Chronicle states that Feldhaus also had the surgery to treat polycystic ovary syndrome (PCOS), a condition that occurs in women due to elevated levels of male hormones. PCOS is often marked by infertility and excess facial and bodily hair.

As previously reported, Feldhaus first made headlines in March 2016 when Superior Court Judge J. David Roper denied her request to change her middle name from Elizabeth to Elijah.

“I don’t know anybody named Elijah who’s female,” Roper said, according to the Atlanta Journal-Constitution. “I’m not going to do that. I’ve never heard of that. And I know who Elijah was—one of the greatest men that ever lived.”

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He also told Feldhaus that he felt the first name Rowan was gender-neutral enough, and that changing Feldhaus’ middle name might confuse those emergency personnel and others who need to know the woman’s actual gender.

Feldhaus supplied the court with confirmation from her therapist that she had been diagnosed with gender dysphoria and that the name change was needed as a part of her treatment. She also advised that she was receiving testosterone shots as hormone therapy.

Roper advised that if Feldhaus chose a more gender-neutral name, it might be considered, but he “do[es] not approve of changing names from male to female—male names to obvious female names, and vice versa.” Feldhaus refused.

“I felt insulted and objectified to be told by the court that I would not be able to have the name that my family, my friends, and my co-workers all call me, based on sexist opinions about ‘appropriate’ names,” Feldhaus said in a statement released by Lambda Legal.

Feldhaus appealed the ruling to the Georgia Court of Appeals, which unanimously overturned Roper’s ruling in January.

A Harry Potter-themed “wand” ceremony is scheduled for Feldhaus on Monday at Augusta University’s Summerville campus. The event will be marked by the holding of “magical” wands and the donning of Harry Potter apparel.

Feldhaus had registered to be an organ donor prior to her death.

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  • TammyHenson

    It’s just sad all the way around. Praying for the family.

  • Amos Moses

    And now she KNOWS the truth and the error of her ways ………… 6,500 different genes determine which sex we are ……….. cutting up your body does not change that ….. may God/Christ have Mercy on her ……

    • TammyHenson

      You mean ‘he’ knows

      • Amos Moses

        no … a man does not have a uterus to remove ….. unless you meant “He” ………

        • TammyHenson

          Sorry. My bad. Don’t even know what the heck I was thinking. I was thinking you got it backwards but I got it backwards. Sorry about that.

          • Amos Moses

            kewl ………

          • TammyHenson

            I should have known my brother, Amos Moses, didn’t get it twisted. lol

          • Amos Moses

            hey … i miss lots of stuff …. but thnx ………. 😉

    • Seaside Delilah

      6500 genes? I need to study things like this because my family currently has a 17-year-old foster boy who is convinced he wants a sex change operation. Without coming right out and telling him how wrong that would be, I told him that it’s very likely that the problems he has are not about his gender at all but about the things that happened to him in his young life that led to him being put in foster care. Of course he’s absolutely convinced that he’s right. He tried to commit suicide over the weekend so I think it will be a long time before any doctor determines that he is mentally healthy enough to undergo such a drastic change. In the meantime, we are praying for the Holy Spirit to take hold in his heart.

      • Amos Moses

        The REAL difference between men and women: Researchers find 6,500 genes differ between the sexes
        4 May 2017 … Researchers at the Weizmann institute found 6500 genes that are … found that around 6,500 of these genes were expressed more in one sex, …

        • Seaside Delilah

          Thank you for the info. I’m going to further investigate.

    • Herbert Burton

      To late for God to have Mercy on her for as a tree falls so shall it lay.Very sad situation.Without Jesus Christ being our Lord and Savior before we leave this life we are lost forever.

      • Amos Moses

        agreed …….

  • Hal Slusher

    Once again self-inficted death. Reality is a bitch

  • ppp777

    Welcome to hell woman .

  • Grace Kim Kwon

    Immorality is suicidal. The West must not impose the transgender mental illness upon the poor nations. People have rights to life and to morality. The transgender practice is not only sinful but dowright anti-scientific.

    • Seaside Delilah

      Hello Grace-I don’t post many comments but I always look forward to reading yours.

      • Grace Kim Kwon

        Thank you so much. I actually wanted to draw political cartoons but don’t have time since I decorate the church walls and windows. Too much sorrowful tragedies for political cartoons to be drawn.

  • james blue

    May he rest in peace. My sympathies go to his loved ones.

    In life Rowan Elijah Feldhaus had his freedom and liberty violated by the religious and personal beliefs of a judge.

    • Adam: Sword of the Spirit

      Not at all, James.

      Because of a mental illness being presented upon the world as normal, she is now dead — due to a botched surgery.

      ^ That’s the true violation.

      • james blue

        Didn’t say the judge caused his death, I said the judge violated his freedom and liberty.

    • Nathan Manning

      I understand people just being nice to each other. We all like each other. But if there really is a God who is actually the Creator and in charge of everything, what right do we really think we have to do our own thing?? If God say’s what is to be done or there will be certain consequences, why even mess with it? It’s more than religion, we don’t want God to destroy us because of evil people. And I know you know deep down.

      • james blue

        Did you create an account just to reply to me?

        Religious liberty doesn’t mean forcing others to follow our faith.

        • Nathan Manning

          No. I just replied. I didn’t create an account that I’m aware of. I agree, you can’t force people, but if there is a true right and wrong, then nothing we say or do is going to change it. It’s in vain, so why not just do what’s right?

          • Jason Todd

            Because there are people who actually, truly believe that you, and you alone, should be able to decide what’s right and wrong.

          • Ed Roberts

            really…?? Then Why not also rise against unfair nature via sepsis took the life…???

            so “you” (or I) can decide right or wrong to kill myself, change myself or someone else, & further –> take their $$, or invade their home…. cause we are tooooooo hungry or poor… or upset that we think we are a girl or boy despite natures clear distinction???

            We can only decide to choose between, sometimes confused of the 2 — but we can not decide what is right or wrong…

    • Amos Moses

      Confusion reigns …….. liberalism is a mental disorder ……..

      • james blue

        Good morning idiot

        • Amos Moses

          :_- (

  • Adam: Sword of the Spirit

    This is very, very sad to hear happen.

    And to add even more insult to this, this college campus is giving her a witchcraft-themed sendoff.

    …the wages of sin are death (Romans 6:23), and sin is of no profit to a person (Job 37:2).

  • yabruf

    A Harry Potter themed funeral? These people can’t get anymore pathetic.

    This is depressing, you ruin your life here on earth, in the short time that you have just to burn in Hell for eternity. Very sad.

  • Amos Moses

    Impromptu surgeon without medical training used Army surgical kit

    i am not going insane …. i am going sane in an insane world ………..