Fla. Couple Wins $21 Million in 'Wrongful Birth' Suit

A jury has awarded more than $21 million in what is being called a wrongful birth case.

A Gainesville couple claimed that a misdiagnosis of their first child by a doctor allowed them to have a second child with similar severe birth defects.

The doctor works for the University of South Florida so the family will have to persuade the Florida Legislature to award most of the money. State law caps negligence claims against government agencies at $200,000.

The condition is a genetic disorder called Smith-Lemli-Opitz syndrome.

Smith-Lemli Opitz syndrome is the inability to correctly produce or synthesize cholesterol, causing developmental delays and a variety of birth abnormalities.

A USF spokeswoman didn't immediately return a call seeking comment.