A ruling by a judge stipulates that a pregnant woman suffering from paranoid schizophrenia is to undergo a Caesarean section.
Mrs Justice Roberts granted permission to specialists to perform the planned Caesarean section after a hearing which took place in the Court of Protection, London.
According to doctors, the ‘level of unpredictability’ in the woman’s behaviour posed a risk if she was allowed to deliver naturally. A psychiatrist stated that the woman had a ‘child-like vision’ of babies ‘popping out’.
This resulted in their determination that a planned Caesarean section was the safest option and the husband agreed with this decision.
The judge stated her satisfaction about a planned C-section and said it was in the best interests of the woman as she did not possess the mental capacity to make decisions regarding her treatment. The judge ruled that any ‘deprivation of liberty’ which was ‘necessary or consequent’ was made in the best interests of the female.
The judge was provided with evidence from the woman’s husband and specialists during a public hearing which occurred on Tuesday evening.
The pregnant Polish woman could not be identified as she is currently being detained under the terms of mental health legislation. However, the judge released the name of the health authority that initiated the application as the London North West Healthcare NHS Trust.
The NHS trust requested that the judge rule that a planned caesarean section would be lawful. Court-appointed lawyers who represented the interests of the pregnant woman supported the application.
According to the judge, the woman was not resistant to the C-section, but simply lacks the capacity to make an informed decision.
The woman is due to undergo the surgical procedure within the next two days.
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