Wednesday, July 25, 2007

"Wrongful" birth lawsuit

CBS News has a story on a couple who recently won a lawsuit against a doctor who failed to probably diagnose their son with a disease.
The couple claimed that Dr. Boris Kousseff failed to diagnose their first son's genetic disorder, called Smith-Lemli-Opitz syndrome, which is the inability to correctly produce or synthesize cholesterol, after his 2002 birth.

Had the disorder been correctly diagnosed, a test would have indicated whether the couple's second child also was afflicted and they would have terminated the pregnancy, according to the lawsuit.
The couple's lawyer has a rather disturbing quote:
"I believe that this case is so powerful and this tragedy was so preventable and is so poignant, that it is the kind of case that should rise above the fray and rise above party politics," Searcy said.
That "poignant" "tragedy" being the birth of a child who is disabled.

The true tragedy here is parents who wish one of their children was dead.

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