Friday 15 December 2017

Doctors to seek High Court permission to tube feed young anorexic woman

Condition of woman 'extremely severe'

The HSE will ask the High Court tomorrow for orders permitting doctors to tube feed a young woman with anorexia nervosa.

She weighs about 25kg and her condition is "extremely severe".

The woman, aged in her twenties, is in hospital and a sharp decline in her condition prompted the application, the court heard.

Sara McKechnie NL, for the HSE, applied ex parte (one side only represented) to the President of the High Court yesterday for leave to serve short notice of the application on the woman and also on a solicitor who had represented her in another matter.

Counsel said the woman's parents were aware of, and supported the HSE's application.

The HSE had informed the woman it intended to make the application and she was "absolutely not supportive" of it, counsel added.

Mr Justice Nicholas Kearns said this was a "very troubling and very worrying" case and he would deal with it at whatever time was considered necessary.

He asked counsel to inform the woman the court would deal with the matter as sensitively as possible.

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