A woman sued her mother’s doctor for allowing her to give birth and won millions in damages.
Evie Toombes dragged her mother’s doctor, Dr. Philip Mitchell, to court for failing to properly advise her before giving birth. (Instagram: evie.toombes)
A woman sued her mother’s doctor for allowing her to give birth and she won millions in damages. Evie Toombes, 20, who suffers from spina bifida – a spinal cord defect – and spends her days attached to tubes, said that if her mother had been properly counseled, she would not have born.
She claimed that if her mother’s doctor, Philip Mitchell, had advised her mother to take folic acid supplements to minimize the risk of spinal cord injury, she would have postponed her pregnancy and Evie would not have born.
Judge Rosalind Coe QC upheld Evie’s case and, in a London High Court ruling, ruled that if her mother had been properly counseled, she would have postponed her pregnancy.
“Under these circumstances, there would have been a subsequent conception, which would have resulted in a normally healthy child,” the judge ruled, granting Evie rights to damages in the millions.
“I was advised that if I had a good diet before, I shouldn’t have taken folic acid,” Evie’s mother told the court, supporting Evie’s claim.
Evie is a jumper and competed against both disabled and fit riders.
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