The parents of a four-year-old Oregon girl with Down syndrome were awarded $2.9 million after doctors misdiagnosed their daughter as not having the condition during a prenatal screening.
Ariel and Deborah Levy of Portland, Ore., filed a “wrongful birth” lawsuit against Legacy Health System, claiming that they would have terminated the pregnancy had they known they would have a special-needs child.
The Levys said the doctors were “negligent in their performance, analysis and reporting” of test results after their child was born as well.
“It’s been difficult for them,” said David K. Miller, the Levy’s lawyer, according to ABC News affiliate KATU. “There’s been a lot of misinformation out there.
“These are parents who love this little girl very, very much,” Miller said. “Their mission since the beginning was to provide for her and that’s what this is all about.”
The $2.9 million will cover the estimated extra lifetime costs of caring for someone with Down syndrome.