Monday 20 November 2017

Mentally ill new mother 'making good progress'

(Stock picture)
(Stock picture)

Ray Managh

A mentally ill woman, whose baby was delivered by caesarean section on the direction of the High Court, is making good progress.

President of the High Court, Mr Justice Peter Kelly, heard there had been some very positive developments regarding the woman's condition and her ability to make personal decisions. Doctors had been told by the court, following an application by the HSE, that they could take all necessary steps to safely deliver the woman's baby.

Judge Kelly was told the woman had recently contacted a legal centre arising from frustrations at her inability to make plans for the future and the court agreed she should soon be medically assessed with a view to her being discharged from court protection.

The judge said the psychiatric and medical evidence available to the court continued to stress that it would be catastrophic for her mental health if she became pregnant again. She had been made a ward of court and had been given a contraceptive injection which was effective for three months.

Judge Kelly said the woman, described as physically frail and with a long history of mental illness, had been allowed to leave a centre of care for overnight stays elsewhere. He said that if upcoming reports revealed she was regarded as being of sound mind there would be no need to keep her in wardship.

The woman's baby was delivered in April last following reports she was not communicating and refusing to eat or drink. Her case was adjourned until the end of September.

Irish Independent

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