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Judge gives permission for caesarean section on mentally ill woman

A high court judge has given doctors permission to perform an urgent caesarean section on a mentally ill woman who has diabetes. Mr Justice Hayden gave specialists working for the Royal Free London NHS Trust the go-ahead after a five-hour hearing in the court of protection in London.

The judge said a decision "compelling" a caesarean was "draconian", but he had heard evidence that the woman's life might be in danger. He said he had concluded that the woman, who is 32 and 32 weeks pregnant, lacked the mental capacity to make decisions about whether or not to have her baby delivered by C-section.

Trust officials had applied for permission, saying doctors thought an urgent caesarean 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". He heard that she was thought to be suffering from paranoid schizophrenia and had attempted suicide.

Sun 2nd Feb 2014

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