In a strange case, UK woman sues mother’s doctor for letting her be born
Toombes is suing Doctor Philip Mitchell for letting her be born and demands millions for damages.Author : A. Gayatri
Evie Toombes, a 20-year-old UK woman has decided to beseech her mother’s general practitioner who gave advice to her mother when she was pregnant with her. Toombes is suing the doctor for not advising her mother prudently about thwarting the condition she was diagnosed with when she was in the womb.
Toombes is suing Doctor Philip Mitchell for letting her be born and demands millions for damages.
Evie Toombes was born with lipomyelomeningocele (LMM) right after her birth, Daily Mail reported. The rare condition is also known as spina bifida, which didn't allow her spinal cord to develop properly in the womb which led to permanent disability. This, as a result, made her stay in the hospital for several days connected to tubes for 24 hours a day after birth.
The Daily Mail reported that the showjumping star claims the doctor didn't advise her mother to take folic acid medication to avoid the child being 'born in a damaged state.’
Toombes mother who is 50, became pregnant in 2001 was suggested by Dr Mitchell to take folic acid but was not told about the importance of it in spina bifida prevention. Caroline said the doctor told her if she was consuming a good diet, then taking folic acid separately was not necessary.
However, Dr Mitchell has refused to take any liability, claiming he gave Caroline Toombes "reasonable advice".
Evie Toombes’s lawyer says if Caroline had suspended her pregnancy, she would have had a normal and healthy child.
The rare condition obstructs her mobility and Evie will have to use a wheelchair more and more as she grows older.
However, despite the challenges, nothing had demotivated her spirit and she grew up being an inspiration for people with disabilities. She is now working at Nottingham University and educates children about invisible illnesses, besides she also owns a website.
Evie has even met Duke of Sussex, Meghan Markle, in 2018 after she won the Inspiration Young Person Award at a charity event.
When Evie was growing as a teenager, she began a career in showjumping and competed against disabled riders.
She is now suing her mother’s general practitioner over 'wrong conception', blaming he did not advise her mother to take the essential supplements before her pregnancy.
The court is yet to reach any conclusion on the case.