Social services forcibly remove woman’s baby via cesarean sectionBy Mason White 2:37 PM December 1, 2013
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By: Debbi Gross
A woman is angry and fighting for her child after social services removed her baby from her stomach without her consent.
Social services in Essex, United Kingdom, is under fire after it forced a woman to undergo a cesarean section, took her baby and put the child up for adoption.
The incident started when an italian citizen, who was pregnant, was in Britain for a work training course.
The woman apparently suffered a mental breakdown while staying in a hotel.
Police were called and she was taken to a psychiatric hospital.
Her relatives believe that the attack was a result of the woman not taking her medication for a pre-existing bipolar condition.
While she was at the hospital, the local social service obtained an order from a British Court to take the child from the mother via cesarean section.
Essex Council obtained an order allowing them to sedate the woman against her will before taking her daughter and placing her in foster care.
The Italian woman said that she was not notified that she will have a cesarean section.
She said that a natural childbirth would not have posed a risk to her health or that of her newborn.
Social workers are defending their actions by saying that they acted in the best interest of the child, who is now 15-months-old.
“I’ve never heard of anything like this in all my 40 years on the job,” Brendan Fleming, a British lawyer who is representing the woman, said.
“I can understand that if someone is too ill to be able to consent to a medical procedure, but a forced cesarean procedure is unprecedented,” Fleming added.
The case has since grown into an international legal battle, with a judge of the Italian Supreme Court questioning whether British law should have been applied to the daughter of an Italian citizen.
Despite learning that the woman had recovered and is taking her medication as prescribed, the British judge ruled that the baby should not be returned to the mother because of the risk that she may suffer a relapse.