On November 23, 1906 the plaintiff, Mr. Arturo Pelayo, a physician, has filed a case against the defendants, Mr Marelo Lauron and Mrs. Juana Abella. The case that was filed, was about the services rendered of Mr. Arturo Pelayo for the night and the day after of October 13, 1906 where the plaintiff was summoned to the defendants home to aid their daughter-in-law’s birth, where the attending physician, Dr. Escaño, has said that it would have been a difficult process. Regardless of this, Mr Pelayo has proceeded with the job that required him to remove the fetus with the forceps.
The job occupied him all night until the day after for the removal of the afterbirth and the visitation of the patient. The plaintiff has charged the defendants with P500 for the services he had rendered for them but the defendants has refused to pay. The counsel for the defendants alleged, that the defendants daughter-in-law had died from child birth and that when she was still alive, she has lived independently and separately, from the defendants, with her husband. Her birth at the house of the defendants was just accidental and was at an avoidable time.
Are the defendants liable for the payment of the services rendered by the plaintiff?
No. According to the article Arts. 1090 and 1091, The rendering of medical assistance in case of illness was comprised among the mutual obligations to which the spouses were bound by way of mutual support. Spouses are mutually bounded together to support each other. In the issue above, it is the husbands duty to pay for the services rendered to his wife not the father nor the mother-in-law who are just strangers within the meaning of the law. So ruling of the court is; “Therefore, in view of the consideration hereinbefore set forth, it is our opinion that the judgment appealed from should be affirmed with the costs against the appellant. So ordered.”
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