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MATTERS OF LIFE AND DEATH

Couple sues over 'wrongful birth' of Down's child

Would have aborted pregnancy if informed of chromosomal abnormality

(OREGONIAN) — On the June 2007 day their daughter was born, Ariel and Deborah Levy were overcome with excitement, then shock when hospital staff told them their daughter looked like she had Down syndrome.

A doctor asked Deborah Levy if she’d had a prenatal test — a chorionic villus sampling, or CVS for short — and Levy said yes, the results showed they’d have a normal, healthy child.

Within days of her birth, however, a blood test confirmed that the little girl, Kalanit, had Down syndrome.

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