Seizure of baby from mother's womb is 'stuff of nightmares'
The case of a woman whose baby daughter was forcibly removed from her womb by UK social services was described by human-rights groups as "the stuff of nightmares".
The Italian was sedated and her baby delivered against her will, after Essex social services obtained a court order in 2012 for the birth "to be enforced".
The case, described by the woman's lawyers as "unprecedented", has further highlighted the controversial decisions made by the Court of Protection, as well as powers of social workers.
The woman was visiting Britain in July to attend a Ryanair training course when she suffered a panic attack after failing to take medication for bipolar disorder. She was taken to a psychiatric hospital and sectioned. Five weeks later, her daughter was removed from her womb without consent.
The woman was sent back to Italy without her daughter. She returned to Britain to request the return of the child, now 15 months old, but was told that she was to be put up for adoption in case her mother suffered a relapse. (© Independent News Service)