A woman is taking her mother’s doctor to court for allowing her to be born.
Evie Toombes, 20, from Skegness, Lincolnshire, England, claims she should have never been born and she is suing her mother’s GP for millions in damages.
The para-showjumping star was born with spina bifida – a condition where a baby’s spine and spinal cord fail to develop in the womb, causing a gap in the spine – and spends some of her days connected to tubes 24-hours-a-day.
Despite her condition, she has built a career in showjumping, competing against both disabled and able-bodied riders.
Evie has also appeared on ITV’s show ‘Hidden Disabilities: What’s The Truth?’ and also met Prince Harry and Megan Markle when she won the Inspiration Young Person Award at a Well-child charity event in 2018.
Yet, she claims Dr Philip Mitchell is liable for a “wrong conception charge” after failing to advise her mother, Caroline Toombes, to take vital supplements before getting pregnant.
Evie says that if her mother’s doctor advised her to take folic acid supplements, to reduce the chance of spina bifida affecting her baby, her mother would not have gotten pregnant and she would not have been born.
But Dr Mitchell denies the claims stating he provided Mrs Toombes with “reasonable advice”
The High Court heard how 50-year-old Mrs Toombes went to visit Dr Mitchell at the Hawthorn Medical Practice in Skegness to explain her plans on having her first baby in February 2001
Evie’s lawyer, Susan Rodway QC, told the court how Mrs Toombes had been keen to start a family after losing both her parents.
She said: “This was a very precious decision to start a family because she herself had lost her parents when she was young.
“They had been refraining from sexual intercourse until after they had received advice at this consultation.