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“Why don't you sue?”

BMJ 1994; 308 doi: (Published 21 May 1994) Cite this as: BMJ 1994;308:1377
  1. L Lindsay

    Our daughter was born with spina bifida. She has a large lumbosacral myelomeningocele with an associated neuropathic bladder, patulous anus, and neurological deficits of her legs. Fortunately the lesion is closed with excellent skin cover and Emily shows no signs, as yet, of developing hydrocephalus.

    We were not expecting our first child to be born in anything other than perfect health. I had done all the right things, including taking folic acid supplements as had just been recommended by the Department of Health when we were planning the pregnancy. We have no family history of neural tube defects and I had had an uncomplicated antenatal period. My husband, who was working in France at the time, returned home to be at my side when I went for my routine 20 week ultrasound scan, our discussed intention being that he could be with me for a termination of pregnancy if the worst happened.

    The worst did not happen then. Normal vertebrae, normal kidneys, we were told, so off we went happily to await the …

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