Parents sue hospital for failed abortion- wants compansetion for bringing up the daughter who now 14

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Elisa Bellandi is a ‘smart and beautiful’ teenager according to her doting father. She
dreams of one day being a lawyer or psychologist. And it is not hard to
understand why. Because in many ways she is very different from many
teenagers.

She has had to come to terms with
the knowledge that not only was she a ‘mistake’ baby, conceived when her
mother had already passed 40, but that she survived both a miscarriage & a failed abortion.

And if that were not bad enough to
deal with, her parents are suing the hospital claiming that a botched
operation caused ‘psychological trauma’ to Elisa’s mother and father, in
a case that has shocked Italy.

Giuseppe and Aurora Bellandi, who
live in the Italian beach town of Rimini with Elisa, are demanding
£700,000 in compensation for not just the psychological trauma of having
a 2nd child, but also the material deprivation it caused to their
lifestyle.
Elisa, who is mature beyond her years, incredibly supports their decision to sue and insists she has always felt ‘loved’.
The failed abortion took place in
2000 after the couple, who already had a grown-up son, unexpectedly
discovered that they were expecting a baby.
The Bellandis were told it was
medically necessary to save the life of Aurora, already 43. They also
felt that they could simply not afford another child.
With grim acceptance, they agreed to
the termination. But, by the time they discovered it had failed, it was
too late to repeat the procedure under Italian law, which forbids
abortion after 21 weeks.
The pregnancy and birth were
problematic and the couple successfully sued the doctors responsible for
‘physical harm to the mother’ and received £85,000 (€120,000) in
damages in 2008.
7 years later, the couple, who claim
they are still struggling financially as a result of Elisa’s birth, are
taking a hospital in Alessandria, to Italy’s highest court.
The Bellandis argue the hospital is responsible for Elisa’s birth and should pay for her upbringing.

‘The doctors brought her into the
world. They should provide for her study and indispensable needs until
she is 18. It’s her right’, her father Giuseppe told MailOnline.

Pointing out the damp on the walls of their tidy but basic semi, in the outskirts of the rundown seaside resort, he claimed:

‘I don’t want money for myself. I want money for her. You can’t have a child and not want to give them everything. You have to.’

Giuseppe dismisses those who would criticize
the family saying that millions of couples have had an unwanted or
unexpected child and have striven to provide for them without resorting
to legal action.
He said:

‘We were told that we had had to
have an abortion. Other couples who get pregnant get to decide if they
will keep it or not. We didn’t get to decide anything. They told us –
first “You’re pregnant and you must have an abortion”. Then, “You can’t
have an abortion”. They decided everything. As they decided everything
they should bear the responsibility.’  

‘I am not trying to become a
millionaire. I just want enough for my daughter to be able to study. In
Italy the children have to take on their parents’ debts when they die. I
don’t want that for her.’

With her older brother-Marco

While many parents would be loathe
for their child to know she was unwanted, especially in a country like
Italy where children are especially indulged, the Bellandis have always
told Elisa the truth about her birth and insist the lawsuit is in their
daughter’s best interests.

‘The mistake wasn’t mine – so it’s not fair that I pay, even though, as you can see, my daughter is wonderful,’ added Giuseppe.
It is indisputable that since Elisa’s birth their lives have been hit by hardship and troubles.
Giuseppe has been looking for work
for 5 years and, tragically, Aurora has developed Parkinson’s disease,
which is now in an advanced stage.
They live hand-to-mouth, barely
surviving on disability and housing handouts as well as help from their
son Marco, now 34, who is a manager in a local factory.
The Bellandis say the money is to
give Elisa a decent standard of living, allow her to study and fulfil
her dream to go on to university.
Giuseppe explained:

‘At the moment we can’t make plans for the future. We can’t think beyond getting through tomorrow.

‘We will always try to do the
impossible for her as she’s our daughter. To me, her mother and Marco,
she’s our little queen. We try and make sure she wants for nothing. But
we don’t have enough.’ ‘They say I don’t love her because I wanted an
abortion. How can they say I don’t love my own daughter?

‘The doctors try and make us feel
guilty for making a case. They made a mistake. They brought her into the
world. If they did do an examination after the abortion, as they say
they did, how was she born? What did they examine? A rabbit?’ 

‘She is a smart, beautiful girl. She is a leader among her friends. She is not the problem. They are the problem.’

The Bellandis place a lot of weight
on Elisa’s maturity, insisting she can cope, although many parents would
argue that teenagers can be much more sensitive than they appear.
Giuseppe said:

‘She knows everything about the story. She is not upset by it. If she hides it so well, she should be a professional actress.’

Certainly on the surface she seems well balanced and insists she is not upset by the case.

As she helped her father clear
dishes from the table, she said: ‘They make it sound terrible as if I
didn’t know I was going to be aborted. But I’ve always known. I’ve
always felt loved by my family. We just can’t afford everything.’

Sourc- Mail Online

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