Mother wins NHS payout in fight over Down's Syndrome screening

Mail Online | 10/10/2019 | Henry Martin For Mailonline
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A mother who said she would have aborted her beloved son if she had known he had Down's Syndrome has won a massive NHS compensation payout after antenatal tests were not carried out.

Although she is now devoted to four-year-old Aleksander, Edyta Mordel told the High Court in London she would have terminated her pregnancy if she had known he would be born with Down's as she 'would not have wanted her child to suffer the way that disabled people suffer'.

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Miss Mordel, 33, was devastated when Aleksander was born disabled at the Royal Berkshire Hospital in 2015 - but has since devoted herself to caring for her beloved son.

At the High Court today, Mr Justice Jay ruled against the Royal Berkshire Hospital NHS Trust and awarded Ms Mordel - who wants more than £200,000 - the right to massive damages.

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He said the sonographer who conducted Mrs Mordel's scan had failed to obtain her 'informed consent' to going ahead without the Down's Syndrome screening.

Previously, Ms Mordel's lawyers estimated her claim to be worth more than £200,000, which she would use to cover the increased costs of bringing up a disabled child.

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Miss Mordel insists she asked for checks to be carried out during her pregnancy. The case is legally termed as a 'wrongful birth' because Miss Mordel says she would have had an abortion if she had known of the condition.

Figures from 2017 revealed that the NHS Litigation Authority had paid £70million to parents in 'wrongful birth' cases in five years.

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That included £40million of damages in 16 cases where parents claimed that antenatal screening failed to warn them of the risk that their baby would be born with a disability – which equates to about £2.5million per family.

Miss Mordel, from Reading, sued for compensation for the increased financial costs...
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