Parents Win Lawsuit Over Faulty Ultrasound

A couple in West Palm Beach, Florida, have won a $4.5 million lawsuit against a doctor and an ultrasound provider for not catching the fact that their son had no arms and only one leg when they were doing scans on the fetus.

The mother claimed that has they been aware of the deformities, they would not have continued the pregnancy, afraid of the lack of quality life that their child would live.

The $4.5 million settlement is meant to provide the boy, now a toddler, with lifelong medical assistance such as prosthetics, wheelchairs and adaptive technologies needed to help him live a full and normal life.

According to court reports, the woman had multiple ultrasounds, and in a later one the parents were told "all four limbs were intact."  According to the couple's lawyer, "That, ladies and gentleman is impossible. It didn't happen."

This post was originally published at RH Reality Check, a site of news, community and commentary for reproductive health and justice


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