Girl Sues Her Mom’s Doctors For Allowing Her To Be Born
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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.
The essential supplement led to Evie not developing well and being “born in a damaged state.” The showjumper who now resides in Skegness, Lincolnshire, believed that she won’t be born in this state if her mother had been advised correctly.
Her 50-year-old mother went to consult with Dr. Mitchell back in February 2001 and had discussed folic acid, but was never informed that it could prevent spina bifida.
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.”
“They had been refraining from sexual intercourse until after they had received advice at this consultation.”
“He told me it was not necessary.”
Evie’s mother added that she would’ve waited longer and gotten enough folic acid before her pregnancy. She claimed, “I was advised that if I had a good diet previously, I would not have to take folic acid.”
“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.
While her mobility is “very limited,” Evie has been an advocate for spina bifida patients and made an appearance in “Hidden Disabilities: What’s The Truth?”
Evie Toombes had also a talk with the Duke and Duchess of Sussex, Prince Harry, and Meghan Markle, for the annual WellChild awards in 2018.
Evie competes on both national and international stages for showjumping as well as gives talks on invisible disabilities to students at Nottingham University. She also often shares her life motto which is “Find a way, not an excuse.”