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A mother has been paid more than $16 million in compensation for the “wrongful birth” of her son who she would have aborted had she known of his medical condition.

Omodele Meadows, 40, did all the right things before falling pregnant. Or so she thought!

In 2006 she checked to see if she carried the gene for an aggressive form of haemophilia and autism after learning her nephew carried it.

Doctors gave her the all clear and four years later she gave birth to a son, Adejuwon, who was diagnosed with the crippling disease, reports 7 news.

Following his birth, she underwent detailed genetic testing that confirmed she did in fact carry the gene.

She went onto sue GP Dr Hafshah Khan, who worked in the south London practice when Ms Meadows saw her in 2006.

The court heard that Meadows was told the results were normal, leaving her with the impression that any children would also be cleared of the condition.

The judge emphasised that Adejuwon, who is now six-years-old, was not an unwanted child in the eyes of his mother but rather, she had witnessed the impact of the condition and wanted to avoid putting her own child through that pain.

“It cannot be easy for any mother to contend bluntly that her child should not have been born,” High Court judge Mrs Justice Yip told the court.

“She had specifically sought to avoid bringing a child with haemophilia into the world, knowing the suffering that the condition causes.

“The fact that she says clearly that she would have terminated her pregnancy had she known the baby would have haemophilia is not the same at all as saying that Adejuwon is now an unwanted child.”

Justice Yip added that Ms Meadows was entitled to additional costs associated with both conditions and awarded her more than $16 million.

“It appears that he is much loved and well cared for. The burden of caring for him, though, is much greater than the burden of caring for a ‘normal’, healthy child and extends far beyond the purely financial cost,” she added.

“Although this is a claim for her loss, I do not doubt that her primary motive in bringing this claim is to provide a better life for her son.”

Related – Parents sue doctor’s $2.5m for failure to detect child’s disability 

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  • Haemophilia is a very painful debilitating disease. Mostly it is bleeding in the bone, not near the surface of your skin where it can be seen. Some sufferers don’t even need to bump something very gently to start extensive bleed for hours until they have been administed a Vitamin K via drip for what can be hours and the pain takes hours to subside after that. It causes crippling arthritis in various bones, some worse than others to the extent that some sufferers become wheelchair bound. Until you have cared for a person who suffers with it, it’s hard for others to understand. A bad bleed can start during the night and the pain wake the sufferer up who in turn has to wake up another person to call for an ambulance and notify the hospital to be ready when the ambulance arrives. Every minute is precious in the start of treatment and recovery. There is no known cure so this child will suffer for as long as he survives.

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  • To make the choice to have the tests to enable the decision to be made whether or not to have a child – a heartbreaking decision to make for sure – only shows the true love and consideration given to that said child and its future. Yes, I believe she had the right to demand compensation and the money will certainly help with his care and upbringing!

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  • Glad that Adejuwon is not an unwanted child and is much loved. I’m sure this mum can use this money very well for the care of her son.

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  • I would be suing them as well, if you could have easily prevented such pain for mother and child..

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  • She was given the wrong information and deserves a pay-out by all means.

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  • Maybe instead of suing for wrongful birth she coild have sued for malpractice considering the original doctor missed the specific thing they were testing for?

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  • I think she’s absolutely right. They told her her child won’t have the gene, but he did. Surely a life completely different from what she had expected.

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  • whist these tests were refused by me, I can totally understand why they had the test and their reasons for needing to know the outcome

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