Appeal court refuses mother's request for hysterectomyBMJ 2000; 320 doi: https://doi.org/10.1136/bmj.320.7247.1424 (Published 27 May 2000) Cite this as: BMJ 2000;320:1424
- Clare Dyer, legal correspondent
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 …