Saturday 16 November 2019

Woman's tube-feeding to continue

Tim Healy

A 22-YEAR-old woman who suffers from anorexia is to continue to be fed through a tube in hospital after she gained weight.

The woman, who has now reached 37.9kg, may be able to go on a new weight maintenance programme once she reaches her 40kg target, president of the High Court Mr Justice Nicholas Kearns was told.

Peter Finlay SC, for the HSE, said it was agreed that the court order – first granted last January, that the woman, who has the eating disorder anorexia nervosa, be fed through a tube – was a life-saving exercise.

The multi-disciplinary team looking after her intend that once she reaches 40kg and her body mass index (BMI) is 15, a plan will be put in place for weight maintenance, counsel said. The new programme would last eight to 10 weeks and counsel asked that the court assess the situation again in eight weeks time.

Irish Independent

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