Mom sues for “wrongful pregnancy” after birth of child with sickle cell disease

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I love Kennadi with all my heart, and that’s the honest-to-God truth. But it’s been a life change for everybody – my whole family….

Everybody’s had to pitch in…. It’s been hard to wrap my mind around having this child when my other children are grown.

It’s not fair. She is the absolute love of my life, but it’s hard. Sometimes people think I’m her grandmother.

~ 40-yr-old Cynthia Williams, complaining about the difficulties surrounding the unexpected conception and birth of her now 4-yr-old daughter Kennadi (both pictured above), who has sickle cell disease. Williams is now suing her doctor for “wrongful pregnancy” because he cauterized the wrong Fallopian tube during a tubal ligation, which failed to prevent the conception of Williams’ daughter, as reported by ABC News, March 18

35 thoughts on “Mom sues for “wrongful pregnancy” after birth of child with sickle cell disease”

  1. Is she serious? My daughter hadd ALL leukemia as a kid and now ovarian CA as an adult. Can I go back and sue the hospital?

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  2. This is why obstetricians pay the highest malpractice insurance rate. 
    A laparoscopic  tubal ligation of only one tube…..   not a good move.    Docs often have patients mark  right or left when a unilateral, elective procedure is being done.  I wonder what really went wrong in this case.
    No birth control is 100 percent reliable.  Why can’t this simple fact be understood?   People really need to get used to the fact that sex causes babies. 

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  3. There was a good reason that people used to say ” the birds and the bees.” We learned about biology, not how to play with condoms. We understood that sex is how babies are created. Today, planned parenthood is in your schools telling young people that sex doesn’t create babies. We even have trolls that come to websites like Jill’s and try to tell us that babies are not even babies but “potential” as if that makes murder not murder.

    Lawuits like this make me sick. And her daughter is going to feel how when she realizes mom went to court for this reason? Don’t get me wrong, i love you with my words but my actions say I regret your life, and I pay money to show how badly I wish you weren’t here.

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  4. No birth control is 100% effective.  My uncle’s vasectomy healed itself after several years…. You can scarcely imagine the doubts that entered his mind when my aunt discovered that she was pregnant.  Fortunately for my cousin, she was conceived a few years before Roe v. Wade would have permitted her to be killed.

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  5. Good grief.

    “It’s not fair.” 

    It is called life.  Life happens and we deal. We don’t sue. We find strength and courage we NEVER knew we had when we meet challenges.

    WOMAN UP AND DEAL!! 

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  6. She had this little girl at 36 and people think she’s her grandchild?
    Hmm. Well, maybe it’s common among some to become a mom at 17, and then your daughter becomes a mom at 16 or 17, and at 33 you’re a grandma.  But the question is, how does her anecdote about people thinking she is a grandmother have anything to do with the value of that child? I had a baby at 35, and I wasn’t freaked out that someone might think I was his grandmother.  It’s not uncommon to have a baby in your thirties.
    I don’t get it, I guess.
     

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  7. This makes me sick. 

    Doctors are not gods. Mistakes happen. People get sick. 

    There is no freaking reason to sue. And you have a beautiful child!!! I mean I could kind of get it if, you know, the doctor killed your daughter but you got a beautiful baby. No, not ideal. But you want to SUE over getting a live baby!? 

    What has this world come to?

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  8. So, basically we as a society are at a point where anyone can sue anyone else over anything? This is going to get annoying. 

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  9. I had my son at 40 my mom had me at 40 and my brother at 41. Halle Berry just had a baby at 45

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  10. Can all mothers go back and sue if their adult children have a heart attack or a stroke? Become diabetic and so on? Sheesh what a world we live in. I have a kid who didnt turn out perfect so now im suing.

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  11. JDC your comment annoyed me! how dare you question my right to sue!!!11!!!!1!!! I am taking you to court over this!!!! INFRINGEMENT OF MY RIGHT TO EXPRESS MY DESIRE TO SUE PEOPLE!!!!!!!! 

    ;)

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  12. Thinking over my comment, I do feel the doctor can be held accountable for botched surgery. But making it about her sick child is just wrong. I can’t imagine if my mother had called my life a “wrongful pregnancy”.

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  13. Lawuits like this make me sick. And her daughter is going to feel how when she realizes mom went to court for this reason? Don’t get me wrong, i love you with my words but my actions say I regret your life, and I pay money to show how badly I wish you weren’t here.
    I agree, how is she going to explain that do that cute little girl. 

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  14. NO form of b/c is 100%.!!! Just like you cannot sue condom companies, you cannot sue the IUD,  the b/c pill, patch, shots, cervical cap, etc. manufacturers and companies. The surgeons performing vasectomies, tubals, etc. are to disclose the potential risk of pregnancy no matter how small because women still can get pregnant using any form or b/c or sterilization. It is called informed consent

    Judge: Did your doctor guarantee you that the surgery was 100%? (unless her doctor was an complete idiot)

    Defendant: But he said he was 99% sure I could not get pregnant?

    Judge: That is not what I asked you. ‘Answer the question. Did he guarantee it was 100%?

    Defendant:  No, but…

    Judge: Did you know that engaging in sex could result in a having a baby, no matter how small the risk?

    Defendant: Yes, but.

    Judge: Did you made the decision to choose to have sex?

    Defendant: Yes, but.

    Judge: Then when you decided to have sex you decided to take the 1% risk of getting pregnant. You happen to be a part of the 1% who became pregnant from the consequences of engaging in sex. Case dismissed.

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  15. I can’t help but feel automatic disgust for those who file “wrongful life” or “wrongful birth” lawsuits. I mean, if the obgyn messed up the c-section or whatever you can sue for damages, but suing because you have a kid and you didn’t want one? That’s horrible, I feel bad for this adorable girl and I hope that her and hero there can work through the future issues that I’m worried would come from this.

    I am glad she chose to keep her baby and not abort, though.

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  16. The dr should be held accountable for his error. Not only did he cauterize the wrong tube, but he failed to notice in follow-up appointments. That’s malpractice.

    However, it would be malpractice regardless of whether this woman ever conceived as a result. She needs to get her story straight. Is she upset about malpractice or about having a sick child?

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  17. Exactly Rachel. By all means, sue him for screwing up the surgery. But don’t sue for your daughter’s existence.

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  18. I don’t understand the disconnect! I love my daughter, she’s the love of my life, but I wish she was never born? Huh?

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  19. Rachel:  The dr should be held accountable for his error. Not only did he cauterize the wrong tube, but he failed to notice in follow-up appointments. That’s malpractice.
     
    Right; totally agree.  And it would not have anything to do with sickle-cell disease or not, correct?

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  20. I don’t believe that the doctor “botched” the sterilization.  That’s just her claim, to support her case of “wrongful pregnancy.”
     
    I know that tubal ligation has a chance of failure, just like any other contraceptive practice, even when it is done to the latest standards of medical practice.  Her choice, her responsibility.
     
    But whether she wins or loses, we are all paying for the legal defense and settlement.

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  21. In this woman’s defense, these lawsuits are often not filed because in retrospect they would have aborted, but because disabilities are expensive. Even with great medical insurance, the child may require full time Childcare, renovations made to the home, frequent travel to visit doctors, private tutors. Plus, if the disability is mental, they may need to invest for them to live with a caregiver or in a high quality institution.

    I think that as pro lifers, we should take the steps so that people don’t need to file lawsuits that suggest the child is the problem. We need more support for these couples on a government level, and schools and workplaces need to be more accommodating as well.

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  22. Del:  I don’t believe that the doctor “botched” the sterilization.  That’s just her claim, to support her case of “wrongful pregnancy.
     
    She didn’t have a right ovary.  With only the left one, she needed only the left Fallopian tube tied, but the doc did the right one.

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  23. This sounds like a malpractice issue not an issue of forgetting that sex makes babies. She isn’t suing because the surgery was ineffective she sued because the surgery was done on the wrong part. That’s pretty much the definition of malpractice. Just like those law suits that emerged with pizer said they gave out defective birth control. Its not people even suing being something that was supposed to work fails (which frankly is reasonable) its because someone wasnt done right.
    This really has nothing to do with abortion 

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  24. I guess is it really is a case of malpractice; a genuine mistake by a surgeon.
     
    as to the connection to abortion:  There would be no connection, if the lawsuit were about the mutilation of the wrong organ during an elective procedure.  Instead, the case is about “wrongful pregnancy” — and only an abortion-friendly mindset can imagine such a thing as a “wrong pregnancy.”

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  25. Not every post on this blog is exclusively about abortion.
    But they do touch on the abortion mentality.

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  26. Today, planned parenthood is in your schools telling young people that sex doesn’t create babies. –  are they? So what are they saying does? I’d love to know.

    And her daughter is going to feel how when she realizes mom went to court for this reason? – so on those occasions when a woman continues a pregnancy, delivers and loves a child born of rape she shouldn’t want the rapist charged?

    and only an abortion-friendly mindset can imagine such a thing as a “wrong pregnancy.” – not true. Any pregnancy which is both unplanned and unwanted is a ‘wrongful’ pregnancy, particularly if something as significant as surgery has been undertaken to prevent it.

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  27. I heard that sickle cell disease can be cured with adult stem cell therapy. God put your daughter on this earth for a reason. Wrap your head around that. It does not matter that your other children are grown or people think she is your granddaughter. Put your energies into being the best possible mom to this gift of a child and do what is right by her.

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  28. Shannon but in her reasons for why she thinks she deserves to win this case, she states reasons about her daughter specifically – that her disease is causing the family strain, that she is too old, etc. So she needs to keep her comments straight as to why she is suing. It’s still really sad that she’s suing over her daughter – that is sending a traumatizing message to her beautiful daughter. You ruined my life so much I need to get money from the doctor. I don’t know. And she’s older now! So why not pursue this when she first got pregnant?

    My heart just breaks for her daughter. 

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  29. For me this looks suspicious becasuse of the four years that elapsed since the birth of Kennadi.  What major changes occurred since the child was born that would result in this decision to “sue?”  Stuff like this is the reason I support strict statutes of limitation on lawsuits. 

    I think that in order for this lawsuit to go forward, the argument that sickle cell was a direct result of the wrong tubal ligation would have to be presented.   Nothing else seems as strong,  but, this argument has no legs whatsoever. and the fact that she waited four years does not help the case either. 

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  30. A selfish, piece of work, comes to mind but I know we are not supposed to criticize people. What is wrong with people today? Trying to make a buck wherever they can no matter how horrid they look. I hope her daughter figures this out later and tells her ‘mother’ where to put it. What an insult to a beautiful little girl. That woman should be GRATEFUL to have a child.

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