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My snip operation failed after 25 years.

THE father of a three-year-old girl is suing the hospital where he had a vasectomy nearly 25 years ago.

Graham Adam is seeking more than pounds 50,000. He underwent the operation in 1975 but two decades later his wife, Marilyn, stunned him when she revealed she was pregnant.

She gave birth to Angela Nadine in January, 1996.

The couple have launched a damages action against Newcastle and North Tyneside Health Authority.

Mr and Mrs Adam are claiming damages and interest for personal injury and losses suffered as a result of the birth of their daughter.

They claim Angela was born as a result of a failed vasectomy at the then Newcastle General Hospital. Mr and Mrs Adam, of Elgin, Moray, have accused the health authority of negligence and breach of duty in respect of the conduct and advice given to them at the time of the operation.

The writ served in the Queen's Bench division of the High Court in England seeks damages "exceeding pounds 50,000".

Mr Adam's London lawyer, Richard Vallance, said the writ had been served on the eve of Angela's birthday last week, before it became time- barred after three years.

A spokesman for Newcastle and North Tyneside Health Authority described the writ as "a bolt from the blue". He added: "It is now in the hands of our solicitors.
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Author:Richardson, Pete
Publication:Daily Record (Glasgow, Scotland)
Date:Jan 23, 1999
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