Search

Mentally ill woman forced to have caesarean gives birth and ‘hugged surgeon’ afterwards

A mentally-ill woman has given birth to a baby boy after a High Court judge ruled doctors at the Royal Free London NHS Trust should perform an urgent caesarean section.

Mr Justice Hayden gave specialists the go-ahead to perform surgery after concluding that the woman lacked the mental capacity to make decisions at a hearing in the Court of Protection in London late on Friday.

Lawyers representing the trust today said the baby had been delivered without any problem in the early hours and the woman had hugged a surgeon after recovering consciousness. They said no restraint had been necessary.

The judge had said a decision “compelling” a caesarean section was “draconian” - but he said he had heard evidence that the woman’s life might have been in danger.

He said he had concluded the woman, who is 32 and was 32 weeks pregnant, lacked the mental capacity to make decisions about whether or not to have her baby delivered by caesarean section.

Trust officials applied for permission and said doctors thought an urgent caesarean section necessary so that the woman’s “unstable mental state” could properly be treated.

One specialist told the judge that the priority was “keeping this woman alive”.

The judge heard that the woman, who cannot be identified, was thought to be suffering from paranoid schizophrenia and had attempted suicide.

The Court of Protection is part of the High Court and analyses issues relating to sick and vulnerable people.

0 comments

Latest News Stories

10 minutes ago
Patrick O'Leary

A member of a violent gang that burst into a woman’s home and stabbed her in the face with a screwdriver has been jailed.

52 minutes ago
Keith Matthews, Oxfam shop manager, who was handed a log book from HMS Drake by a mystery donor.
 Picture: Nigel Sutton

A century-old logbook detailing life aboard the doomed HMS-Drake has been handed into the Kentish Town branch of Oxfam by a mystery donor.

Yesterday, 17:45
Lynne Featherstone accepts her award from Ben Cohen, chief executive and founder of Pink News.

Hornsey and Wood Green MP Lynne Featherstone has been named the lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender community’s “ally of the year” by Pink News, the biggest gay news service in Britain.

Yesterday, 15:50
Sheila Gunn

A former Camden councillor who served as press secretary to Sir John Major during a distinguished career in journalism and politics has died.

Most read news

Looking for a holiday? We know a company that are keen to flog you a trip to the land of Kim Jong-un.

Biffo and Bobo better stay away from the town of Vendargues this Halloween.

As a state of emergency is declared in Burkina Faso, what does the future hold for its president and people?

It might not be moving very fast but it’s still causing problems.

Digital Edition

Image
Read the Hampstead & Highgate Express e-edition today E-edition