(73)  Damages for the birth of a child

The House of Lords held on 25 November 1999 that the parents of a healthy normal child born after her father had received a vasectomy were not entitled to damages from the health board under whose aegis the operation had been carried out for the cost of bringing her up, although the mother could be given damages for the pain and discomfort of an unwanted pregnancy (McFarlane v Tayside Health Board, 1999 GWD 39-1888; Times, 26 November 1999).