Evie Toombes has decided to take legal action against her mom's general practitioner over "wrong conception."
A 20-year-old woman is suing her mother's general practitioner for millions claiming that she should have never been born. Evie Toombes from Skegness, Lincolnshire, was born with spina bifida, a condition where a baby's spine and spinal cord fail to develop in the womb causing a gap. In November 2001, she was diagnosed with lipomyelomeningocele (LMM), a rare birth defect that affects a child’s backbone (spine) and develops early (during the fourth to the sixth week) in their mother’s pregnancy. Every baby with this condition has "a spinal cord that is stuck (tethered) into the fatty mass on their back. This may pull the spinal cord downward. The tethered spinal cord can cause symptoms, including, back and leg pain, weak and numb legs, as well as changes in bladder and bowel control."
Following her birth, Evie had to spend several days connected to tubes for 24 hours every day. Her rare condition meant that she had a neural defect in the spine that leads to permanent disability. Despite the odds, the young woman grew up to be an inspiration not only to the disabled community but to people everywhere. She even got the opportunity to meet the Duke of Sussex and his wife Meghan Markle, in 2018, after winning the Inspiration Young Person Award at a charity event, reports Mirror.
By the time she was a teenager, Evie began a career in para showjumping and even competed against the disabled rider. She also has her own website works at Nottingham University which helps educate everyone about invisible illnesses. The young woman describes her life motto as: "Find a way, not an excuse." But now she has decided to take legal action against her mom's GP over "wrong conception." Evie's 50-year-old mother, who is a keen horsewoman just like her daughter, reportedly went to see Dr. Philip Mitchell at the Hawthorn practice in February 2001 to discuss her plans of having her first child.
"This was a very precious decision to start a family, because she herself had lost her parents when she was young," the young woman's lawyer, Susan Rodway, told the court. They added, that Mrs. Caroline Toombes would have waited to get pregnant with a "normal, healthy" child, one who was a "genetically different person" from Evie had she been aware of the situation. "They had been refraining from sexual intercourse until after they had received advice at this consultation," continued Rodway. The young woman, who appeared on ITV's show Hidden Disabilities: What's The Truth? now blames Dr. Mitchell for not advising her mother to take the required supplements before getting pregnant.
Meanwhile, Dr. Mitchell has denied these claims insisting that he did give Caroline appropriate advice. But Judge Rosalind Coe heard that Evie is suing the medical practitioner for "having been born in a damaged state" and is demanding millions of pounds in damages to cover her increased cost of living a disabled life. The fact that Evie's movement is becoming very limited and that she might need a wheelchair as she grows older was also brought to the court's notice. The case continues.
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