IVF mix-up: Medical centre not liable for child's upkeep

Posted on October 03, 2013 by Mommies Tots | 0 Comments

Court rules that birth of healthy child cannot be the subject of damages

 

Thomson Medical Centre is the first private hospital to set up an in-vitro fertilisation clinic in 1987. The High Court has rejected a bid by the mother of a baby born from an in-vitro fertilisation (IVF) mix-up to get those responsible to pay for raising the child. The case involves Thomson Medical, its fertility centre and two embryologists for negligence. -- ST FILE PHOTO: CHEW SENG KIM

 

By K.C. Vijayan Senior Law Correspondent

 

The High Court has rejected a bid by the mother of a baby born from an in-vitro fertilisation (IVF) mix-up to get those responsible to pay for raising the child.

Assistant Registrar David Lee, while admitting that this was "a thorny issue that has plagued" the courts, ruled that as a matter of public policy, the birth of a healthy child cannot be the subject of damages. But he made it clear that the defendants will not go "scot-free" if they are responsible for the mistake.

The woman is suing Thomson Medical, its fertility centre and two embryologists for negligence.

In 2010, she went to its fertility centre for IVF treatment, but a stranger's sperm - instead of her husband's - was used to fertilise her extracted eggs. Thus the girl she gave birth to is biologically unrelated to her husband.

 

(Source: Straits Times 03 Oct 2013 - http://bit.ly/17umEEV)

 

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