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Woman with gene for Huntington’s disease fails in attempt to sue her father’s doctors for failing to alert her

BMJ 2015; 350 doi: (Published 28 May 2015) Cite this as: BMJ 2015;350:h2864
  1. Clare Dyer
  1. 1The BMJ

A woman whose father refused to let his doctors tell her that he had Huntington’s disease, and who later found that she had the gene, has been barred from bringing a claim for negligence against the NHS trusts involved with his care. A High Court judge has ruled that her case had no chance of success and has struck it out.

The unnamed woman was pregnant at the time and says that she would have had an abortion had she known that her child might be at risk of the hereditary disease.

Her father was convicted of manslaughter on the grounds of diminished responsibility in 2007 after shooting her mother dead. He …

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