OK, here’s a story for the Oh Mah Gah Files. Apparently a doctor in Spain was supposed to perform an abortion on a young woman who was seven weeks pregnant. He evidently did the procedure, did a follow up ultrasound two weeks later, and pronounced his patient no longer pregnant.
Only she was. Pregnant, that is. The doctor had failed to complete the abortion, somehow. When the woman returned to the doctor several months later thinking she was pregnant again, she was told that it was actually initial pregnancy which had progressed to 22 weeks leaving her no choice but to carry to term:
The boy was born in October 2010, six months after his mother had gone for an abortion at the city’s Emece clinic. The operation had been performed when the mother was almost seven weeks pregnant. The doctor told her two weeks later that a scan proved she was no longer pregnant.
In his sentence, Judge Francisco Pérez said the doctor had paid virtually no attention to the scan, though Munar said the clinic had not produced a copy.
The young woman sued the doctor and he was ordered to pay a lump sum equaling $189,000 to the mother for emotional damages as well as the equivalent of $1300 per month in child support until the boy is 26.
If you ask me, he should have been ordered back to medical school for more training, too, because that sounds like gross incompetence to me. I mean, mistakes can happen but to miss that error on a follow up ultrasound? That’s pretty bad.
This is the first case of its kind in Spain, and likely anywhere else in the world either. The doctor and the clinic he works for are expected to appeal the decision.
What do you think? Should the doctor have to pay child support?
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