Case of Italian mother who underwent forced caesarean is to go to High Court

BMJ 2013; 347 doi: (Published 04 December 2013) Cite this as: BMJ 2013;347:f7272
  1. Clare Dyer
  1. 1BMJ

A judge has criticised doctors caring for an Italian woman with bipolar disorder who was sectioned under the Mental Health Act and forced to undergo a caesarean section during a short stay in the United Kingdom.

In a judgment delivered last February but which has just been made public, Judge Roderick Newton criticised the doctors for sending her back to Italy so soon after the birth. He cast doubt on whether she had capacity to take the decision to go at the time and said that her chances of keeping her baby would have been better had she stayed in the UK and taken part in the care proceedings.1

The baby girl was born 15 months ago, but the story came to light only last weekend when a Sunday newspaper revealed the details. The 35 …

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