Skip to comments.Couple Wins $50M in Biggest “Wrongful Birth” Suit, Doc Didn’t Suggest Aborting Disabled Baby
Posted on 12/13/2013 6:28:06 PM PST by Morgana
A couple in Washington state have won what is being called the biggest so-called wrongful birth lawsuit ever, when their doctor didnt suggest aborting their disabled unborn child.
A jury in Washington state awarded a couple $50 million after genetic tests didnt give the couple the information they wanted to know about whether their baby had a rare genetic disorder. Had the baby had the disorder, the couple planned to take his or her life in an abortion.
Brock and Rhea Wuth of Burien, Wash., sued Valley Medical Center and the North Carolina company LabCorp after a genetic test meant to determine whether a child Wuth was carrying had a rare genetic disorder failed to do so, UPI reports. The Seattle Times said the couple knew based on their family medical history they were at a 50-50 chance of having children suffering from a rare but debilitating genetic disorder called unbalanced chromosome translocation.
This case comes on the heels of one from New Zealand, where a couple won their case at a federal appeals court because they would have aborted their little girl had they known she had spina bifida. The parents of a child with the condition could win a monetary settlement following the ruling saying they were denied a chance to abort their daughter.
During ultrasounds scans as the pregnancy progressed, doctors missed signs of the birth defect and the couple said that, had the spina bifida been detected, they would have killed their daughter in an abortion. Instead, the little girl was born in 2007 and the couple has been in court even since. The Court of Appeal ruling claims the couple suffered a personal injury because of the misdiagnosis and the case now returns to a district court.
More on this new case out of Washington state:
Knowing they were at risk, Rhea Wuth went to Valley to have her fetus tested. The hospital then sent the blood sample to LabCorp. The problem happened when the hospital failed to include crucial data about where the lab was supposed to look for a chromosomal defect essentially a genetic roadmap for where the defect would occur if at all.
Lab employees never followed up to ask for the crucial information, missed the translocation and came back with a negative result for the disorder.
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When the couples child was born July 12, 2008, he was found to suffer from the disorder. The child, Oliver, now requires around-the-clock care. He has an IQ of between 50 and 70, cannot run or walk up stairs and cant speak beyond two dozen or so words his parents can understand.
The Wuths lawyer, Todd Gardner, said the couple was incredibly responsible in seeking out the testing and had they been given the proper test results they would have terminated the pregnancy.
My adult nephew can’t speak any words, yet he is loved by his parents, siblings, and his extended family. He also requires around-the-clock care.
God help us.
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A future? How about CURRENT!!!
You know what? I can understand that this child did not live up to their expectations. Really I can understand. Every other kid is out playing on tricycles and their kid is what? Lying in bed still in diapers and most likely will be, forever.
However I would like to say this to Mr. and Mrs Wuths and I hope they are reading this now. Mr. and Mrs Wuths there are “Safe Haven Laws” in your state and yes they would have applied to you. You could have left little Oliver in the hospital the day he was born no questions asked. You could have told family and friends he was a still birth if you were afraid of stigma or what ever. There are people who would have loved to adopted Oliver. I understand you don’t want a baby like Oliver but believe me there are people in this world who do. Why on earth did you put yourself through the mental stress of a lawsuit when you could have left him at the hospital and this would have been over and done with?
By now you could have been pregnant again with possibly what you call a “normal” baby.
Was all this crap really worth it?
If only the child could divorce and suit the parents for the 50M and leave them dry, the child would get better care.
50M says it was.
its a sad situation and they have made that much sadder due to their ruthlessness.
How much did the lawyers get?
The hospital I worked at for more than 20 years had an agreement with a nearby state psychiatric hospital to provide care for their residents.As a result we saw many of them in our ER when they were physically ill.Many of term were Downs Syndrome victims.I was always struck by how gentle...how “sweet”...they were,even when they weren’t feeling well.
How about if we abort the parents for having such inferior genes?
Probably a huge chunk of it...still there’s a lot to go around in 50M.
I am very against abortion and Yet it is Too bad the parents were not aborted.
why don’t they just kill him now HE IS THE SAME PERSON THEY WOULD HAVE KILLED just before birth....what’s the difference (at least to him)????
Oh, give the “parents” a break...(sarc.)
They can now get new cars, new electronic toys and maybe a new house with granite countertops to impress their “friends”!
Let them enjoy their ill gotten gains here on earth—it may be at the expense of a glorious eternity with our Lord in Heaven, where their child will, without a doubt, be, but, HEY-—they’re gonna be “rich”!
That’s why Obstetricians now advise all their patients to abort — it’s pre-emptive action to prevent this.
What is wrong with this world?
Yet a marriage license was issued.
How much do you think it costs for around the clock care for this child?
Who is paying right now? Seems to me that the costs of caring for the child should be borne by the ones who mad the bad diagnosis.
They want children, but the extreme demands of caring for this one have forced them to use birth contra to prevent others.
Why is the one, defective, child so much more important than the siblings who never saw life at all because of the first-born?
“What is wrong with this world?”
Satan does not ‘rule’ anything. He works for God. Read Job if you don’t believe me.
Satan does not ‘rule’ anything. He works for God. Read Job if you don’t believe me.
It's not too late. They could kill her now.
“Satan does not rule anything. He works for God. Read Job if you dont believe me.”
He is called, “the ruler of this world” in John 12:31, and God’s ENEMY.
In 1 John 5:19, God’s Word says that, “the whole world is lying in the [power of the] wicked one”.
30 Hereafter I will not talk much with you: for the prince of this world cometh, and hath nothing in me. 14:30.
11 Of judgment, because the prince of this world is judged.16:11.
4 He is called: “the god of this system of things”, in 2 Corinthians 4:4....4 In whom the god of this world hath blinded the minds of them which believe not, lest the light of the glorious gospel of Christ, who is the image of God, should shine unto them.
Satan rules the world and its politics. Soon, it will be taken away, and Jesus will “destroy them which destroy the earth” and create real peace after man’s short false peace. 1 Thess. 5:2-3.
The list, is long, however, these facts (and others)have certainly been emphasized in God’s Word, by its repetition!
The Book of Job, addresses the problem of “human suffering”. In the sense of what you perceive as “Satan working FOR God, is about God ALLOWING Satan to visit terrible trials on Job so as to TEST his trust and faith in God. And, it also shows us His Sovereignty in that we CAN persevere...no matter the circumstance, if we just TRUST HIM. Satan still must OBEY God, even though he rebelled against the TRUTH, which is God.
Hope this helps.
“Oh, give the parents a break...(sarc.)
They can now get new cars, new electronic toys and maybe a new house with granite countertops to impress their friends!”
What kind of people are those ‘friends’ of theirs anyway? I can honestly tell you I know someone who did abort a baby because it was retarded. You know what? That is not the kind of person I want to be friends with! So these are not the kind of people I’d want to be friends with. They are not impressing anyone worth impressing!
“Thats why Obstetricians now advise all their patients to abort”
Yes I know this and if only OB’s would tell patients about the “Safe Haven Law” as a back up plan? It is an option! It’s better than abortion.
The Hebrew Scrpitures came first. G-d’s Law is perfect and ETERNAL and any changes are not to be followed. This includes the “New” Testament.
I am sticking with G-d’s Word and what the prophets had to say.
“The Hebrew Scrpitures came first. G-ds Law is perfect and ETERNAL and any changes are not to be followed. This includes the New Testament.
I am sticking with G-ds Word and what the prophets had to say.”
Also, I am not disputing, OR have I changed God’s Perfect, and Eternal law.
So, to what do you refer?....because Satan, whether you choose to acknowledge it or not, IS the god of this world until Christ returns. The reason Satan is the current ruler of this world, goes back to the Garden of Eden. When Adam and Eve disobeyed God and ate of the Tree of Good and Evil, they allowed Satan to rule them instead of God. If Adam and Eve had resisted Satan and obeyed God, then Adam and Eve would have been under the Government of God. By yielding to the lies of the serpent, they started the process of the whole world being under Satan’s sway. Christ even realizes that Satan is current ruler of this world.
1 John 5:19 the whole world is under the control of the evil one.
His power is so extensive that he is over all the nations of the earth. Jesus calls him the ruler of this world (John 14:30).
30 Hereafter I will not talk much with you: for the prince of this world cometh, and hath nothing in me.
And you SHOULD stick to what God’s Word says, as it is also in the Hebrew bible, these things. Nothing has changed.
God’s ETERNAL word NEVER CHANGES. The Law will always be the same. Anything that adds to or subtracts from God’s Law is heretical and false. This means that the Christian bible is incorrect and blasphemous. It makes a mockery of God and the Tanach.
Deuteronomy 4:2 Ye shall not add unto the word which I command you,neither shall ye diminish ought from it,that ye may keep the comandments of the lord your God which I command you.
Ps. 146:3 Put not your trust in princes nor in the son of man,in whom there is no help.
Ps. 19:7 The word of the Lord is perfect,converting the soul: the testimony of the Lord is sure,making wise the simple.
Isaiah 42:8 I am Jehovah, that is my name;and My Glory I will not give to another, nor My praise to graven images.
Isaiah 45:22-24 Look unto me,and ye shall be saved, all the ends of the earth: for I am God and there is none else.
“Gods ETERNAL word NEVER CHANGES. The Law will always be the same. Anything that adds to or subtracts from Gods Law is heretical and false. This means that the Christian bible is incorrect and blasphemous. It makes a mockery of God and the Tanach.”
2 Corinthians 4:4
“In whom the god of this world hath blinded the minds of them which believe not, lest the light of the glorious gospel of Christ, who is the image of God, should shine unto them.”
Evil in the Last Days
1 This know also, that in the last days perilous times shall come. 2 For men shall be lovers of their own selves, covetous, boasters, proud, blasphemers, disobedient to parents, unthankful, unholy, 3 Without natural affection, trucebreakers, false accusers, incontinent, fierce, despisers of those that are good, 4 Traitors, heady, highminded, lovers of pleasures more than lovers of God; 5 Having a form of godliness, but denying the power thereof: from such turn away. 6 For of this sort are they which creep into houses, and lead captive silly women laden with sins, led away with divers lusts, 7 Ever learning, and never able to come to the knowledge of the truth. 8 Now as Jannes and Jambres withstood Moses, so do these also resist the truth: men of corrupt minds, reprobate concerning the faith. 9 But they shall proceed no further: for their folly shall be manifest unto all men, as theirs also was.
All Scripture is God-Breathed
10 But thou hast fully known my doctrine, manner of life, purpose, faith, longsuffering, charity, patience, 11 Persecutions, afflictions, which came unto me at Antioch, at Iconium, at Lystra; what persecutions I endured: but out of them all the Lord delivered me. 12 Yea, and all that will live godly in Christ Jesus shall suffer persecution. 13 But evil men and seducers shall wax worse and worse, deceiving, and being deceived. 14 But continue thou in the things which thou hast learned and hast been assured of, knowing of whom thou hast learned them; 15 And that from a child thou hast known the holy scriptures, which are able to make thee wise unto salvation through faith which is in Christ Jesus. 16 All scripture is given by inspiration of God, and is profitable for doctrine, for reproof, for correction, for instruction in righteousness: 17 That the man of God may be perfect, thoroughly furnished unto all good works. 2 Tim-3:10-17
And just to clear things up a bit....Christianity is a “way of life”. A personal relationship with our Lord, Jesus...serving Him, and doing His Will. One of which, ALL should aspire to do. To return to God’s intended plan for us(mankind), which is worshiping Him. And doing so, willingly, and faithfully.
However, you are incorrect with your insinuation about the ‘Christian bible’. There is no such thing as a “Christian bible”. It is the “Holy” Bible. The Divinely INSPIRED Word of God. And Jesus Christ IS His ONLY begotten Son, given to us as our Savior, and Mediator between God and man. Jesus is the expressed image of God’s being. For there IS no other. The Holy Bible is for ALL people.