A WOMAN is recovering in hospital after agreeing to deliver her baby by caesarean section following an emergency sitting of the High Court.
During the hearing, doctors raised fears for her life and that of her unborn baby.
Both the mother and her newborn son were said to be doing well following the procedure on Saturday.
Judge John Hedigan was only minutes from delivering his judgment when the woman, who cannot be identified, relented and agreed to abide by her doctors' recommendation. She had wanted to give birth naturally.
Lawyers for Waterford Regional Hospital made an emergency application to the court on Saturday morning to carry out the procedure on the woman, who they said was at least 13 days overdue. This was disputed by the woman, who believed her estimated due date was March 18.
The court was told by senior counsel for the hospital that what was at issue was the woman's constitutional right to refuse treatment versus the right to life of the unborn.
The woman previously gave birth to a baby boy by caesarean in 2010.
The procedure left a scar on her uterus which, if it ruptured during a natural delivery, could pose a grave risk to both the mother and the baby.