A Somerset mother is seeking GBP 1.5 million in compensation in a unique case involving a "wrongful birth".
Franchesca Parsons, 25, is pursuing the payout on the grounds that Musgrove Park Hospital should have warned her that her son would be born with profound disabilities.
Rupert Parsons, who is now five, was born with congenital heart defects, a cleft palate, vertebral abnormality and just one kidney.
He needs to breathe and eat through tubes and will require 24-hour care for the rest of his life.
A pre-natal scan carried out while Ms Parsons was pregnant found no obvious problems with her child, but lawyers for the family said more detailed tests should have detected his disabilities before the 20th week of pregnancy.
The case follows reports in the Borehamwood Times that a girl born with cerebral palsy after being starved of oxygen at birth is has been awarded millions of pounds in injury compensation.