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$2.9M awarded to parents of girl born with Down syndrome

Cebu : Philippines | Mar 10, 2012 at 10:26 PM PST
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Skooter reporting 03/11/12

A hospital in Oregon was ordered by the court to award $2.9 million to the parents of a child who was born with Down syndrome (Mongoloid) in a wrongful birth suit filed against the Legacy Health.

Jurors handed down the verdict that there was negligence on the part of the hospital when doctors told Ariel and Debora Levy their unborn baby (a girl and who is now 4 years old) would not suffer from Down syndrome. Based on this information, the Levy’s decided to move forward with the pregnancy and contend the doctors had been “negligent in their performance, analysis and reporting” of test results.

"It's been difficult for them," said David K. Miller, the Levys' lawyer. "There's been a lot of misinformation out there."

Levy’s lawyer pointed out that the case is not whether the Levy’s would have finished the pregnancy if they had known their unborn baby would be born with Down syndrome, rather the case is all about to hold Legacy responsible for having failed to properly process the screening test.

However, the hospital disagreed in a statement that they are disappointed in today’s verdict, Legacy spokesman Brian Terrett said. "The legal team from Legacy Health will be reviewing the record and considering available options. Given this, we believe that further comment at this point would not be appropriate."

The child’s parents declined to give comment due to worries about the repercussion they could get over such controversial case.

Source: Komo news

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