Doctor who botched sterilisation has to pay cost of raising childBMJ 2003; 327 doi: https://doi.org/10.1136/bmj.327.7408.183 (Published 24 July 2003) Cite this as: BMJ 2003;327:183
- Christopher Zinn
After a recent High Court decision it seems that doctors whose negligence results in a patient giving birth after a failed sterilisation operation might have to pay the costs of bringing up the children until they are aged 18.
In a 4-3 decision Australia's highest court held that an obstetrician and gynaecologist who performed an unsuccessful tubal ligation in 1992 must pay $A105 000 (£43 000; $68 000; €60 000) towards the costs of raising the woman's son.
Kerry and Craig Melchior sued after she gave birth to their third child, a boy called Jordan, five years after the laparoscopic sterilisation performed by Dr …