Woman, 25, Sues Doctor Over Her Own Birth

A woman is suing one of Australia's most respected obstetricians over her own birth, claiming her delivery more than 25 years ago was negligent because he did not follow her mother's wish for a caesarian, The (Sydney) Daily Telegraph reported Tuesday.

Halina Jane Gillett has launched action against Professor Jeffrey Robinson in the Supreme Court, arguing he breached his duty of care during her delivery in a hospital in Newcastle, about 93 miles north of Sydney, in October 1985.

The court was told on Monday that Halina, the fourth child for Marilyn Benson-Inglis, was induced at 37 weeks and suffers from Erb's palsy -- which the family claims was the result of a forceps delivery.

Benson-Inglis had asked to have a C-section delivery, but Robinson chose to use the forceps method instead.

Gillett, 25, requires physiotherapy for the condition and does not have full use of her arm.

The case has been before the court for five years, as proceedings in this type of medical negligence claim must be launched before the child turns 21.

The case, set down for five days, continues before Justice Ian Harrison.

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