Lincolnshire para-showjumper seeks damages from GP over medical negligence
Lincolnshire para-showjumper with a form of spina bifida is seeking damages from a GP over claims he failed to recommend doses of folic acid to her mother.
Evie Toombes, 19, of Skegness, Lincolnshire, has very limited mobility as a result of her condition, however, she doesn’t let that hold her back from pursuing a career as a showjumper and helping others living with hidden disabilities.
When she was 16, Evie was recognised for her work at the WellChild Awards, where, ahead of the ceremony, she spoke to the Duke and Duchess of Sussex and had the opportunity to show the royal couple a book she had had published for children with invisible disabilities.
Ms Toombes claims Dr Philip Mitchell negligently failed to advise her mother to increase her intake of folic acid.
At a High Court hearing on Monday, a judge ruled Ms Toombes has a “lawful claim for damages”.
Women are advised to take 400 micrograms of folic acid a day for at least a month before conception and up to the 12th week of pregnancy.
But women are not always aware they should take the supplement, or forget to, and a lack of folic acid increases the risk of an unborn child developing spina bifida.
The court heard Ms Toombes claim her mother, Caroline Toombes, would have started taking the supplement, delayed conception and had a “genetically different” child without disabilities if it were not for the doctor’s alleged negligence.
Dr Mitchell, who worked at the Hawthorn Medical Practice in Skegness at the time, has “comprehensively disputed” the allegations, which were heard by Mrs Justice Lambert.
Mrs Lambert concluded the case could go ahead, allowing the showjumper to bring her claim against the doctor.
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