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The parents of baby Rodrigo had not been aware of their son's severe physical abnormalities until he was born earlier this month. Medical council officials have voted to suspend Dr Artur Carvalho over allegations of negligence.

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The parents of baby Rodrigo had not been aware of their son's severe physical abnormalities until he was born earlier this month. Medical council officials have voted to suspend Dr Artur Carvalho over allegations of negligence.

It has emerged that other complaints, dating back more than a decade, have been made involving other babies. Reports of those cases, detailed by Portuguese media, have provoked widespread outrage.

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Dr Carvalho has not commented publicly on any of the allegations and the BBC has been unable to reach him directly. What happened to Rodrigo? His mother had been under Dr Carvalho's care for three ultrasound scans throughout her pregnancy at a private clinic and the parents say the doctor raised no concerns about the wihh health.

Fighting depression in pregnancy The mother then reportedly had a fourth, more detailed, 5D ultrasound at a different clinic while six months pregnant. During that scan the possibility of abnormalities was raised, only for Dr Carvalho to allegedly dismiss concerns. After Rodrigo's birth and his abnormalities became clear, his parents were reportedly told he would only survive for hours.

However, more than two weeks on, the boy is still alive under hospital care. His parents have reportedly submitted a complaint about Dr Carvalho to the Portuguese Prosecutors' Office. What are the other cases?

Amid outrage at baby Rodrigo's case, other complaints against Dr Carvalho have come to light. At least six medical complaints are currently wihh against him, dating back toaccording to health officials. In one case a baby was born in with a facial disfigurement, deformed legs and severe brain damage.

Lisvon mother, named Laura Afonso, told Publico newspaper that she had submitted a criminal complaint against the doctor only for a prosecutor to dismiss it. Now aged eight, her child had had multiple operations but still cannot speak or walk, she said.

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Another criminal case where the child died months after their birth was also reportedly dismissed without reaching trial, Publico reports. What has reaction been? The growing scandal has sparked outrage in Portugal.

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It has raised questions about how the country's health system works, as well as procedures for complaints. The doctor, he said, had agreed to stop performing procedures while investigations continued.

The body's disciplinary council then met earlier this week and unanimously agreed Dr Carvalho should be suspended for six months while investigations continued. Mr Lourenco said he hoped the suspension would go some way to help "reassure" pregnant women over the scandal. Related Topics.

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