IVF mix-up: Medical centre not liable for child's upkeep

Thomson Medical Centre is the first private hospital to set up an in-vitro fertilisation clinic in 1987. The High Court has rejected a bid by the mother of a baby born from an in-vitro fertilisation (IVF) mix-up to get those responsible to pay for raising the child. The case involves Thomson Medical, its fertility centre and two embryologists for negligence.
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Assistant Registrar David Lee, while admitting that this was "a thorny issue that has plagued" the courts, ruled that as a matter of public policy, the birth of a healthy child cannot be the subject of damages. But he made it clear that the defendants will not go "scot-free" if they are responsible for the mistake.


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