In a case that has shocked the whole of Italy, Giuseppe and Aurora Bellandi, who live in the Italian beach town of Rimini with Elisa, are demanding £700,000 (210 million naira) in compensation for not just the psychological trauma of having a second child, but also the material deprivation it caused to their lifestyle.
Parents sue hospital for failed adoption, surviving daughter supports them despite knowing she was never wanted
Parents sue hospital for 'psychological trauma' of failed abortion and cost of bringing up daughter, now 14 - who SUPPORTS their £700,000 ( 210 million naira) claim despite knowing she was never wanted
Elisa Bellandi (the failed adoption) is a 'smart and beautiful' teenager who has had to come to terms with the knowledge that not only was she a 'mistake' baby, conceived when her mother had already passed 40, but that she survived both a miscarriage and a failed abortion.
Elisa, who is mature beyond her years, incredibly supports their decision to sue and insists she has always felt 'loved'.
The failed abortion took place in 2000 after the couple, who already had a grown-up son, unexpectedly discovered that they were expecting a baby.
The Bellandis were told it was medically necessary to save the life of Aurora, already 43. They also felt that they could simply not afford another child.
With grim acceptance, they agreed to the termination. But, by the time they discovered it had failed, it was too late to repeat the procedure under Italian law, which forbids abortion after 21 weeks.
The doctors brought her into the world. They should provide for her study and indispensable needs until she is 18. It's her right Father Giuseppe
Seven years later, the couple, who claim they are still struggling financially as a result of Elisa's birth, are taking a hospital in Alessandria, in the mountainous northern region of Piedmont, to Italy's highest court.
The Bellandis argue the hospital is responsible for Elisa's birth and should pay for her upbringing.
'The doctors brought her into the world. They should provide for her study and indispensable needs until she is 18. It's her right', her father Giuseppe told MailOnline.
Pointing out the damp on the walls of their tidy but basic semi, in the outskirts of the rundown seaside resort, he claimed: 'I don't want money for myself. I want money for her. You can't have a child and not want to give them everything. You have to.'
Giuseppe dismisses those who would criticise the family saying that millions of couples have had an unwanted or unexpected child and have striven to provide for them without resorting to legal action.
He said: 'We were told that we had had to have an abortion. Other couples who get pregnant get to decide if they will keep it or not. We didn't get to decide anything. They told us - first "You’re pregnant and you must have an abortion". Then, "You can’t have an abortion". They decided everything. As they decided everything they should bear the responsibility.'
He added: ‘I am not trying to become a millionaire. I just want enough for my daughter to be able to study. In Italy the children have to take on their parents' debts when they die. I don’t want that for her.’
While many parents would be loathe for their child to know she was unwanted, especially in a country like Italy where children are especially indulged, the Bellandis have always told Elisa the truth about her birth and insist the lawsuit is in their daughter's best interests.
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