“Wrongful Life” Lawsuit?

This is almost unbelievable…

From http://www.courttv.com/news/2005/1110/harriton_ctv.html:

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.

Now, I obviously cannot understand how Alexia feels… the pain and difficulties her handicaps present are beyond my imagination. But really… to sue someone on the basis that their mistake resulted in the avoidance of her abortion… to say “I’m alive because you messed up”… I just don’t get it.

Alexia needs our prayers.

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One Comment

  1. November 17, 2005

    Alexia certainly does (need our prayers, that is) !!!

    We hired a legally blind and deaf (yes, dual handicapped) landscape gardener who worked in joint partnership with his non-handicapped wife and as a very talented team they completely transformed our property, a major undertaiking that took more than a year. This man was entitled to draw a benefit rather than work, but nothing was going to stop him from living a useful life. He was simply amazing. The TV camera crew arrived here to film and interview him, and they interviewed me as well regarding his work and why we employed him. He won the contract against competitors and we were not disappointed. He is a fantastic example of what someone can do if they don’t sit back feeling sorry for themselves, but are grateful for the gift of life regardless.
    I would love Alexia to meet my landscape gardener. To be sorry to be alive is very sad indeed.

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