Double trouble: Mom sues doctor over twins
An woman in Australia, who gave birth to twins instead of a single baby after undergoing in-vitro fertilisation, has sued her doctor for the cost of bringing up the 2nd child.Updated: Sep 18, 2007, 23:00 IST
An Australian woman, who gave birth to twins instead of a single baby after undergoing in-vitro fertilisation, has sued her doctor for the cost of bringing up the second child.
The woman, who cannot be identified because of a court order, is seeking $329,000 to cover the expense of raising one child until age 21.
Testifying in the Supreme Court of the Australian Capital Territory on Tuesday, the 40-year-old mother said she told her doctor that she only wanted one child.
But an embryologist under the doctor's supervision implanted two embryos in her uterus, resulting in the birth of non-identical twin girls.
The woman told the court that she and her female partner were devastated when they learned she was carrying twins, and even considered putting one of the babies up for adoption.
The couple, whose combined income exceeds $82,875, are seeking $329,000 to cover the costs of raising one of the girls, including private school fees.
They also want more than $12,000 to compensate them for time off work and medical expenses.