Parents sue over incorrect prenatal genetic test results

24 April 2006

The Ohio Supreme Court in the US ruled this month that parents may sue on the basis of medical malpractice in the event of negligent genetic counselling or the negligent failure to diagnose a severe or fatal condition in the fetus that would have caused them to seek an abortion. This decision arose in response to the suit of couple whose eight year-old son was born with trisomy 22, a genetic condition that means he is severely disabled.