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The High Court has directed the continued tube feeding of a young woman dramatically losing weight because of anorexia nervosa.

The High Court has directed the continued tube feeding of a young woman dramatically losing weight because of anorexia nervosa.

The court heard the woman has been detained under the Mental Health Act since May after the HSE made an application to the High Court following a sharp decline in her condition.

Sarah McKechnie, counsel for the HSE, told told Mr Justice Paul McDermott that the woman, who weighs about 30kg, had lost weight following her transfer to hospital.

Judge McDermott heard the medical team was concerned about this and recommended that a court order obtained in May by the HSE be continued.

The woman's father said he and his wife were both concerned and anxious for the court order to continue.

Judge McDermott directed the court order to continue and he adjourned the matter to September 10.

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