Down Syndrome case could set legal precedent

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A multi-million rand court case, in which a woman is suing a Cape Town hospital after its failure to diagnose her unborn baby’s severe medical conditions, could set a legal precedent, according to a [s]IoL[/s] report. Now five, the child has Down Syndrome and a serious heart condition, and the mother says if his problems had been diagnosed in utero – as they should have been – she would have aborted him and prevented his suffering. Although the hospital countered before the Western Cape High Court that the mother has no case, because three similar incidents have been unsuccessful previously, lawyers for the woman are adamant that this time is different –[b]because it is the first involving a child born after the advent of the Constitution[/b].
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