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Couple Sue For $5 Million After Adopting A 'Special Needs' Baby—What Would You Do?!

Wed, February 23, 2011 4:27pm EDT by 10 Comments

A New York couple who adopted a baby with severe neurological deficits is suing for $5 million—claiming they would never have gone through with the adoption knowing their son was so sick.

This is a sad situation. After their son, Ellington underwent a CAT scan three months after his adoption, parents Lynell and Victor Jeffrey discovered he had a serious neurological condition. Now, they are filing a $5 million lawsuit against their adoption attorneys for failing to warn them about his medical issues. Are these parents heartless? Or can you sympathize with their predicament?

The Jeffreys claim they’ve spent thousands paying for Ellington’s treatment and are seeking the money from adoption lawyers Aaron Britvan and Alyssa Seiden to cover past and future medical expenses.

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“Ellington is a wonderful little boy, but this has been hard,” Lynell tells the New York Post.

A previous lawsuit against the pair was thrown out in Indiana—where Ellington was born—because Britvan and Seiden are based in New York. So the couple has switched their legal battle to the Big Apple.

The Jeffreys stand a better chance of victory in New York, where, unlike Indiana, the law states prospective adopters must be informed of any medical problems.

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But Britvan and Seiden are confident they’ll win a second legal battle. A lawyer for Seiden tells the Daily Mail, “I hate to say it, but it almost seems like they have Buyers’ Remorse.”

What would you do HollyMoms and dads? And how will poor Ellington feel when he’s old enough to realize he has been rejected by not one, but two sets of parents!