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Appeal court refuses mother's request for hysterectomy

BMJ 2000; 320 doi: (Published 27 May 2000) Cite this as: BMJ 2000;320:1424
  1. Clare Dyer, legal correspondent
  1. BMJ

    The Court of Appeal in London last week overturned a High Court ruling giving the go-ahead for a hysterectomy to be performed on a 29 year old woman with severe learning disabilities. Her mother had sought court sanction for the operation to stop her daughter's periods and prevent her from getting pregnant.

    Dame Elizabeth Butler-Sloss, president of the High Court's family division, said that High Court judge Mr Justice Wall had erred in holding that both treatments under consideration (a laparoscopic subtotal hyster-ectomy …

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