A court in Brisbane recently granted a Queensland couple more time to sue an ultrasound clinic after their daughter was born with Down Syndrome.
The couple claims that the Gold Coast clinic failed to accurately provide a Down's Syndrome diagnosis and that they would have aborted the baby if it had been diagnosed properly.
According to Australian news site Nine News, the couple went to the ultrasound clinic in August 2014 for an ultrasound which was intended to scan for any chromosomal abnormalities. They claim that they were told both by the doctor and the sonographer that their risk was in the “low range.” They further allege that the clinic advised they not undergo any further or more extensive testing.
When their daughter, who is now four, was born, she had to spend several weeks on a feeding tube in intensive care.
The couple is suing for “wrongful birth” and is asking for child-rearing expenses and the loss of future earnings since they will be caring for a child with a disability. The mother is also suing for personal injury.
Scott Slayton writes at “One Degree to Another.”
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