In a landmark case, a showjumping champion sues her mother’s doctor, saying she shouldn’t have been born.


In a landmark case, a showjumping champion sues her mother’s doctor, saying she shouldn’t have been born.

Evie Toombes, of Skegness, Lincolnshire, is suing a GP for millions of dollars, claiming her mother was given incorrect advice on supplements to take during pregnancy.

After claiming she should never have been born, a showjumping star is suing her mother’s GP in court.

Evie Toombes, 20, of Skegness, Lincolnshire, is suing the doctor in a landmark lawsuit for millions of dollars, claiming that her birth should not have been permitted to happen.

She was born with spina bifida, which is a disorder in which a baby’s spine and spinal cord do not grow properly in the womb, resulting in a gap in the spine.

Evie spends some of her days attached to tubes 24 hours a day as a result of her disease.

According to The Sun, despite her disability, Evie has built a career in showjumping and competes against both disabled and able-bodied riders.

Dr. Philip Mitchell, she alleges, is liable for “wrongful conception and birth” because he failed to advise her mother, Caroline Toombes, to take essential supplements like folic acid before becoming pregnant.

Mrs Toombes, 50, went to see Dr Mitchell at the Hawthorn Medical Practice in Skegness to explain her plans to have her first child in February 2001, according to the High Court.

Despite the fact that folic acid was discussed at the appointment, Mrs Toombes claims she was not informed of its importance in the prevention of spina bifida.

Mrs Toombes was eager to create a family after losing both her parents, according to Evie’s barrister, Susan Rodway QC.

Mrs Toombes would not have proceeded with her pregnancy as rapidly as she did if she had received proper advice from her GP, according to Mrs Rodway.

Mrs Rodway claims that if she had waited, she would have had a “normal, healthy” baby, but one who was “genetically different” from Evie.

Dr Mitchell denies all allegations, and his lawyer, Michael De Navarro QC, insists that it is his defense that he gave “reasonable counsel” regarding the benefits of taking folic acid pills.

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He claims it was usual practice to advise expecting parents to take 400 mcg of folic acid supplements before conception and during the first trimester.

Dr. Mitchell believes he would have urged the woman to eat a healthy diet and get enough folic acid, but disputes the claims. The news is summarized by Brinkwire.


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