Mother is awarded £9m for “wrongful birth” after GP errorBMJ 2017; 359 doi: https://doi.org/10.1136/bmj.j5493 (Published 24 November 2017) Cite this as: BMJ 2017;359:j5493
- Clare Dyer
- The BMJ
A mother has been awarded £9m (€10m; $12m) in compensation after a GP’s negligence resulted in her giving birth to a severely disabled child.1 Omodelle Meadows was awarded the sum for the wrongful birth of her son, Adejuwon, who has severe haemophilia and autism.
Meadows has a nephew with haemophilia who was born in 2006 and she wanted to avoid having a child with the condition. In August 2006 she consulted a GP who arranged blood tests. But the tests she was given could establish only whether a patient had haemophilia and not whether she was a carrier of the gene. To obtain that information, she would have had to be referred to a haematologist for …