LONDON — A newly released court judgment says that doctors were medically justified in forcing a woman to have a Cesarean section last year because it was in her best interests.
At a hearing of Britain’s Court of Protection in August 2012, Justice Nicholas Mostyn declared doctors should be allowed to force Alessandra Pacchieri, 35, to have a C-section because a natural delivery risked rupturing her womb.
There were also concerns that if Pacchieri was uncooperative when she went into labour, doctors would be unable to monitor the baby’s heartbeat and to see whether Pacchieri’s womb might rupture. In his decision, Mostyn authorized the use of “reasonable restraint” to perform the C-section safely.
Pacchieri had previously had two elective C-sections and suffered from “a significant mental disorder which is psychotic in nature,” Mostyn wrote in his declaration. She had been detained in an east London hospital for several weeks before…
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