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A CATHOLIC doctor who was found negligent of failing to inform a mother of the risks of Down's Syndrome has said he will appeal the decision.

In a High Court ruling last month Mr Justice Morland said Dr George Tse Sak Kwun's "adherence to Catholic teaching may have affected his approach when discussing amniocentesis and possible termination of pregnancy". He refused the doctor and co-defendant Blackpool Victoria Trust leave to appeal.

Ann Enright gave birth to a Down's Syndrome daughter at Blackpool Victoria Hospital five years ago. She was not given an amniocentesis test — the common test for the condition — and claims she would have aborted the baby. John and Ann Enright stand to receive up to £.500,000 in compensation for a birth they insist should not have happened.

Speaking from the doctor's practice at Fleetwood, Lancashire his wife Pat Laurence said the ruling had placed her husband and family under a great deal of stress. "We are seeking to lodge an appeal and the lawyers are looking at the technical issues. We have been advised not to comment for fear of jeopardising the appeal."

She said people in the local community had been very supportive. "The family that is bringing the action does not want any publicity so we must respect that. It is a great stress for the doctor. It's frustrating because there is another side to this but we Can' t speak at the moment."

Pro-life campaigners have described the court ruling as "utterly offensive".

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