Woman wins “wrongful life” lawsuit against medical staff

Last week, a superior court judge approved a $7 million settlement in a lawsuit brought by a Shrewsbury woman against four medical professionals at a Worcester hospital, whom she accused of failing to offer or explain tests that could have prompted her to have an abortion rather than carry her now-disabled child to term, reports the Boston Globe.

An obstetrician at UMass Memorial Medical Center, a nurse practitioner, a geneticist, and a genetic counselor did not tell Ran Zhuang, who is in her early 40s now, during her prenatal treatment at the hospital in 2007, that tests were available to determine if her unborn child had a genetic disorder, according to her lawyer, Frederic Halstrom of Boston.

In a press release announcing the settlement, Halstrom wrote that the testing “would have definitively revealed [Zhuang’s daughter’s] severe genetic disorder in-utero and would have [caused] Ms. Zhuang to elect termination.’’

Source: Boston Globe

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