Tuesday 22 October 2019

Anorexic man out of court's care following 'remarkable recovery'

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Tim Healy

A young man whose chronic anorexia led to his parents being told to prepare for his death has made a "remarkable" recovery, the president of the High Court has said.

Mr Justice Peter Kelly said he hoped the young man's progress will "give hope" to all those dealing with anorexia.

The man's case, the first of a male with anorexia before the High Court, came before the judge in 2017 via an emergency application for him to be made a ward of court and taken to a hospital intensive care unit for treatment.

His parents were told he might not survive.

Once his physical condition stabilised to the extent he could be moved, he was transferred to a specialist eating disorder unit in the UK.

Those orders were made in the context of the court's wardship jurisdiction on foot of medical reports that the man, in his early 20s, lacked capacity to make decisions concerning his health and welfare.

Having made considerable progress in the UK unit, he is back in Ireland and continues to remain under the care of a specialist HSE team.

His progress to date has led to various doctors, including a court-appointed medical visitor, concluding he now has capacity to make decisions about his health and should be discharged from wardship.

Making the discharge application yesterday, David Leahy BL, for the HSE, said the man's parents have said he is back at home, doing well and applying for jobs.

The parents were not in court, but had asked the HSE to say they and their son could not thank the judge enough for the kindness he had shown the family, he said. The parents also expressed gratitude to the HSE and all involved in their son's treatment and care.

Paul Brady BL, for Patricia Hickey, the general solicitor for wards of court, supported the discharge application.

Irish Independent

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