After a failed abortion 14 years ago, an Italian couple now demands $1.1 million from the hospital to cover the cost of raising the child, reports the Daily Mail.
Giuseppe and Aurora Bellandi live in the Italian coastal town of Rimini with their 14-year-old daughter Elisa, whom they dote upon and frequently call “smart and beautiful.” But even though the Bellandis love their daughter, she was not originally wanted.
In 2000, the then 44-year-old Giuseppe and 43-year-old Aurora thought their child-raising days were long over. The pair already had a 20-year-old son, who was financially independent.
But one day Aurora started hemorrhaging. Initially, the hospital said she had a huge ovarian fibroma, a benign tumor. But when doctors began the surgery to remove it, they discovered something else — Aurora was pregnant.
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Told his wife was miscarrying and that her life was threatened, Giuseppe reportedly did not think twice about the hospital proceeding with an abortion. One month later, an exam proved Aurora was still pregnant. Several months later, she gave birth to Elisa.
Since then, the health of the older parents has worsened. Giuseppe has had two heart attacks, while Aurora developed Parkinson’s disease. Because of their health problems, both remain unemployed. They now struggle to pay bills and give their daughter an enjoyable life.
“At the moment we can't make plans for the future. We can't think beyond getting through tomorrow,” Giuseppe explained to the Daily Mail. “We will always try to do the impossible for her as she's our daughter ... But we don't have enough.”
As a result of their struggles, Elisa’s parents recently demanded more than $1 million in compensation for the cost of raising the child. While the hospital refuses to give such a large amount, the family continues to fight for the sake of their daughter.
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“I am not trying to become a millionaire. I just want enough for my daughter to be able to study,” Giuseppe told the Daily Mail.
A similar case happened in the U.K. in 2014. Katie Kelly-Ince sued the National Health Service after the health provider failed to properly implant a contraceptive in her and, as a result, she became pregnant. Not wanting an abortion, Kelly-Ince, gave birth when she was 18 years old. The British woman insists she loves her daughter, but ultimately blames her doctors for taking away her youth and independence from her, reports the Daily Mail.