Colombian man has had a vasectomy but has another child. The doctor who performed the vasectomy operation was ordered to pay nearly Rp. 1 billion. Photo/REUTERS
BOGOTA – A court in Colombia has ordered a doctor to pay a couple 295 million pesos or nearly Rp1 billion in child support. Because, vasectomy what the doctor did on the couple’s man failed to work.
After years of legal battle, the High Court of Medellin in Colombia ruled that doctors who performed the surgery must pay minimum wage child support until the child of the plaintiff partner turns 18.
Since the child is now 10 years old, over the next eight years, the total will be 295 million Colombian pesos (nearly Rp. 1 billion).
The father, who has not been named, decided to have a vasectomy in 2012 because he and his wife, who already had two children, did not have enough income to support the family if they had another child.
The man also suffers from severe bilateral hearing loss, making it difficult for him to work and adding to the family’s economic hardship.
After the operation, the man returned to the clinic for tests to make sure the vasectomy was successful. He was sure it worked.
However, a year later, his wife became pregnant, and their daughter was born on October 1, 2013.
Four years later, in 2017, the couple decided to take the doctor and clinic to court, claiming that the botched vasectomy operation had caused them financial and emotional difficulties.
The court ruling was in their favour, with court findings saying the operation’s failure had left a lasting impact on family life.