Couple take High Court action after claiming their baby was mistakenly aborted

The High Court has approved a hearing for an action by a couple who claim their unborn child was aborted after they were mistakenly told by doctors that he had a fatal foetal abnormality.

The couple have filed separate lawsuits seeking damages against Merrion Foetal Health and five of its medical consultants, Dublin Private Clinic, and the National Maternity Hospital (NMH), which the clinic is associated with.

Additionally, Scotland’s Greater Glasgow Health Board is included as a defendant, as the couple claim that their lab carried out some of the key genetic tests central to the case.

All defendants, however, deny any wrongdoing.

According to the couple, in early 2019, the woman had a scan at 12 weeks of pregnancy and was told that everything was normal and the baby was healthy.

However, a week later, she allegedly received a phone call from one of the aforementioned consultants who told her that a DNA test known as a Harmony Test and revealed that her baby may have Trisomy-18 – a syndrome known for causing potentially fatal complications for babies.

While a further scan found that things were normal again, the woman reportedly carried out a test on the placenta, which was sent to the laboratory in Glasgow. From this test, once again, Trisomy-18 was confirmed.

According to the woman, her consultant advised her that her pregnancy was not viable, and that waiting for a full analysis of the results was unnecessary.

Upon receiving this advice, she proceeded to have the abortion in March of 2019.

However, when the full analysis returned – known as a Karyotype, which examines the chromosomes – she says that the results showed her unborn child did not have the Trisomy-18 syndrome and was in fact a perfectly healthy baby boy.

The case is set to be carried out for at least five days from June 22nd.

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