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Mother asks surgeons to perform hysterectomy on daughter with cerebral palsy

BMJ 2007; 335 doi: (Published 11 October 2007) Cite this as: BMJ 2007;335:743
  1. Clare Dyer
  1. BMJ

    The High Court in London may be asked to decide whether a 15 year old girl with cerebral palsy and severe learning disabilities should have a hysterectomy at the request of her mother.

    Alison Thorpe, of Billericay, Essex, went public last week with her plea that her daughter Katie, said to have a mental age of 18 months, should have the operation to prevent her going through the pain and discomfort of menstruation.

    The disability charity Scope warned that the case could set a “disturbing precedent.” Andy Rickell, the charity's executive director, said, “It is very difficult …

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