by John Hawkins | November 15, 2005 2:41 am
This is just grotesque…
“A blind and deaf Australian woman who claims she never should have been born is suing a doctor for a lifetime of suffering in the country’s first “wrongful life” suit.
Alexia Harriton, 24, is seeking compensation from the doctor who misdiagnosed rubella in the first trimester of her mother’s pregnancy, claiming Olga Harriton would have aborted her had she been aware of the potential birth defects arising from the illness.
Lawyers for the Sydney woman argued in Australia’s highest court Thursday that Dr. Paul Stephens is liable for the costs arising from a lifetime of medical treatment that Harriton needs to survive.
Harriton’s lawyers claim that Stephens had a duty to Olga Harriton and to her unborn daughter to inform her of the risk of the infection passing to her child.
“Had the rubella been diagnosed, Olga [Harriton] would have exercised her lawful right to terminate the pregnancy,” court documents state.
The suit says Harriton, 24, who was born mentally retarded, spastic, deaf and blind, is in need of constant round-the-clock care from which she “can look forward to no improvement” in the future.
Harriton’s attorneys asked Australia’s Court of Appeals Thursday for unspecified damages associated with Alexia’s “rubella affected life,” including the costs of special care, medical expenses, housing and other expenses, according to a press statement. The lawyers would only speak to Courttv.com through their spokesperson, Kerry O’Shea.
A statute of limitations prevents Harriton’s parents from filing the claim, making the case the first in Australia to be filed against a health-care specialist by a child born with congenital defects.”
First of all, is this kid even sentient enough to understand the nature of this suit? Does she really get that, “mommy wishes she was dead?” If so, for the mother to have had her even file a lawsuit like this is monstrously cruel.
In any case, life is always better than death in a case like this and once you decide that it isn’t, you’ve taken the first step down the road towards eugenics. If Alexa is better off dead than alive because of her disabilities, then the next logical question is in what other cases is the child better off being murdered in the womb? What if the child is just retarded? What about crippled? Heck, what about a child with a harelip or a clubfoot? Are they such abominations that they deserve to be ripped to pieces by an abortionist rather than allowed to live?
If Alexia is paid for not being snuffed out before birth, then expect those sorts of questions to be fully explored and do not be surprised if the answers the court system comes up with are callous, cold, and inhumane. Let’s hope that the Aussies don’t take a step down that dark path, if only because a successful lawsuit of this sort would inspire legions of imitators here in the US…
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