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Debra Powell QC successfully defends claim for obstetric negligence related to female genital mutilation

1st July 2019

Debra acted for the Defendant in FA v Guy’s and St Thomas’ NHS Foundation Trust, where the Claimant alleged that there had been a negligent failure to reverse her female genital mutilation prior to delivery of her baby, with the result that she suffered a third degree perineal tear and resulting incontinence, leaving her unable to work.  The Defendant contended that there had been no reason to perform the reversal procedure prior to the Claimant’s labour, and that the Claimant’s precipitous delivery had prevented the planned reversal from taking place.  The Claimant discontinued the claim mid-trial.

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