Showjumping star sues mother’s GP claiming she shouldn’t have been born

A showjumping star is taking her mother’s GP to court after claiming she should have never been born.

Evie Toombes, 20, from Skegness, Lincolnshire, is suing the doctor for millions in damages in a landmark case after stating her birth should not have been allowed to happen.

She was born with a spina bifida, a condition where a baby's spine and spinal cord fail to develop in the womb, causing a gap in the spine.

The results of the condition means Evie spends some of her days connected to tubes 24-hours-a-day.

Despite her condition, Evie has managed to build a career in showjumping and competes against both disabled and able-bodied riders, according to The Sun.

She claims Dr Philip Mitchell is liable for "wrongful conception and birth" after failing to advise her mother, Caroline Toombes, to take vital supplements, such as folic acid, before getting pregnant.

The High Court heard how Mrs Toombes, 50, went to visit Dr Mitchell at the Hawthorn Medical Practice in Skegness to explain her plans on having her first child in February 2001.

Despite discussing folic acid during the consultation, Mrs Toombes claims she was not told of its importance in spina bifida prevention.

Evie's barrister, Susan Rodway QC, told the court how Mrs Toombes had been keen to start a family after losing both her parents.

Mrs Rodway also stated that had Mrs Toombes been adequately advised by her GP, she would not have proceeded with her pregnancy as quickly as she did but would have waited.

If she had taken her time, Mrs Rodway said she would have had a "normal, healthy" baby but one who was a "genetically different person" to Evie.

Dr Mitchell denies all claims as his barrister, Michael De Navarro QC, insisted it is his defence that he gave "reasonable advice" about the desirability of folic acid supplements being taken

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He says it was common practice to tell potential parents to have 400 micrograms of folic acid supplements for those getting ready for pregnancy and all through their first trimester.

Dr Mitchell claims he surely would have advised the mother to have a good diet and good folic acid levels and denies claims saying supplements were not necessary.

The court also heard how Evie's mobility has become very limited and she will need a wheelchair more as she grows older.

She also suffers with issues with both her bowel and bladder.

Evie has appeared on ITV's show 'Hidden Disabilities: What's The Truth?' and met the Prince Harry and Megan Markle when she won the Inspiration Young Person Award at a Well-child charity event in 2018

Despite her circumstance, Evie actively educates children about invisible illnesses and works at Nottingham University.

According to her own website, Evie describes her motto in life as: "Find a way, not an excuse."

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