I should never have been born, says showjumper with spina bifida as she sues GP
A showjumper with spina bifida has sued her mother’s GP for millions in damages, claiming she should have never been born.
The 20-year-old said that as a result, she never would have been born at all.
Dr Mitchell, who was working at the Hawthorn Medical Practice in Skegness at the time, “comprehensively denies” liability and claims he gave Mrs Toombes “reasonable advice”.
Medics routinely advise prospective mothers of the benefits of taking folic acid supplements before conceiving and throughout the first 12 weeks of their pregnancy to ward off the risk of spina bifida.
“This was a very precious decision to start a family, because she herself had lost her parents when she was young,” Mrs Rodway told the judge.
However, Mrs Toombes claims that despite having a discussion about folic acid during the consultation, Dr Mitchell did not tell her of its importance in preventing spina bifida.