Evie Toombes, a 20-year-old showjumping star, is going to sue the general practitioner her mother consulted with for her pregnancy. She is looking into at least millions of dollars from the doctor who failed to inform her mother of a critically important supplement to take before conceiving.
According to Evie, Dr. Philip Mitchell failed to inform her mother, Caroline Toombes, to take folic acid.
But the GP refused and said that she’s given Caroline sufficient advice, denying that it was her liability.
Caroline’s barrister, Susan Rodway QC, backs her up by explaining that if the mother had been properly informed, she’d have put her pregnancy on hold and has a higher chance of ending up with a healthy baby, one who won’t be Evie anymore.
The barrister presented her case to the judge, “This was a very precious decision to start a family because she herself had lost her parents when she was young.”
“He told me it was not necessary.”
“It is her evidence she would have read up on it and wouldn’t have attempted to become pregnant until she was satisfied that she had protected herself as much as possible,” her barrister explained.
Evie was born with lipomylomeningocoele (LMM) in 2001 which is a neural tube defect that causes permanent disability. She generally lives and deals with bowel and bladder issues and has to rely on a wheelchair from to time. The disability will make her rely on a wheelchair more and more as she gets older.