Parents to sue a Gold Coast ultrasound clinic and doctor over their failure to diagnose their unborn daughter with Down syndrome.
The couple claims they would not have continued with the pregnancy if they had known, and have indicated they will seek damages for child-rearing costs of their daughter, who is now four years old.
The Supreme Court in Brisbane on Friday granted the couple an extension of time to launch their case against the medical professionals.
The court judgment reveals the couple visited the clinic in August 2014 for an ultrasound to determine whether the embryo had any chromosomal abnormalities.
They were told by a sonographer and a doctor that the risk was in the “low range”, and were advised not to undergo more extensive testing.
Their baby was born in early 2015 with Down syndrome, and spent a couple of weeks in intensive care being fed by a tube.
The couple is suing the clinic and doctor over “wrongful birth”, with the mother also suing for personal injury.
They will be seeking damages for child-rearing and maintenance costs, as well as for loss of future earnings while caring for a child with a disability.
Reading this broke my heart.
We have shared in the past a Mum’s touching letter to the doctor who advised her to abort down syndrome baby.
She wrote , “I came to you during the most difficult time in my life. I was terrified, anxious and in complete despair.
“I didn’t know the truth yet about my baby, and that’s what I desperately needed from you. But instead of support and encouragement, you suggested we terminate our child. I told you her name, and you asked us again if we understood how low our quality of life would be with a child with Down syndrome. You suggested we reconsider our decision to continue the pregnancy.” Read more here.
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