25-Year-Old Woman Sues Doctor Who Delivered Her
August 3, 2011
An Australian woman, Halina Jane Gillett, is suing obstetrician Professor Jeffrey Robinson, the doctor who delivered her 25 years ago.
Gillett claims that when she was born in a Newcastle, Australia hospital in 1985, Robinson denied her mother, Marilyn Benson-Inglis, a c-section. Benson-Inglis had been concerned because her pregnancy with Gillett was "much bigger" than her previous three pregnancies. Robinson ended up doing a forceps delivery, something Gillett blames for her erb's palsy, or paralysis of the arm that is often caused by difficult births.
So 25 years after their first introduction, Gillett and Robinson will meet again—this time in the Australian Supreme Court.
Do you think Gillett has the right to sue? Do you think something like this would happen today, a time when c-sections are on the rise—or maybe that cases like this are part of why doctors opt more readily to do c-sections?