Mother of baby taken from womb reveals her torment
Italian woman 'suffering like an animal' and wants child returned
When I woke up she was no longer there . . . they forced me to do the Caesarean without telling me anything
An Italian woman whose baby was forcibly removed by Caesarean section and put up for adoption in Britain says she is "suffering like an animal" and wants to be reunited with her daughter.
The woman, known as A for legal reasons, gave her first public account of how she was declared mentally incompetent, sedated and had her baby taken from her after she suffered a breakdown on a trip to Britain.
The case has now caused an international row, with members of the Italian and British parliaments raising concerns.
Yesterday the woman's lawyer described what had happened as "the stuff of Hitler's regime", while the woman said doctors operated without warning.
"The day of the delivery I thought they were moving me from one room to another, while I was saying I wanted to return to Italy," she told the Italian newspaper 'La Prepubblica'.
"Then I was sedated. And when I woke up she was no longer there. They had taken her. They forced me to do the Caesarean without telling me anything."
The woman was in Britain for a training course when she was taken ill while pregnant. She was then detained under the Mental Health Act and the operation was carried out after the health authority obtained an order from the Court of Protection.
Essex county council said the decision was in the woman's best interests because she had bipolar disorder.
A judge ruled that the child, known as P, should be put up for adoption in Britain.
However, A is now fighting for the courts to give permission for relatives to care for her child – now 15 months old – in Italy.
Last night, Stefano Oliva, her lawyer, said: "To snatch children from their own family has happened in history, under other regimes in which there was no democracy – think of the Hitler Youth."
Maria Edera Spadoni, an Italian MP, said: "It is something unbelievable that an Italian woman would be put under medication and when she wakes up she didn't have a baby – that is just unbelievable."
Meanwhile, John Hemming, the MP for Birmingham Yardley, tabled a motion in Parliament relating to "failures of Essex county council in terms of communication with foreign institutions".
However, Mr Hemming also questioned why there had apparently not been an attempt to allow the father to participate in the case and why the grandmother, who was already looking after two of the woman's children, couldn't look after a third. (©Daily Telegraph, London)