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Italian woman fights for baby seized by British authorities

02/12/2013

Claims she was sedated and forced into caesarean section

Italian woman fights for baby seized by British authorities

London, December 2 - An Italian woman whose baby was removed by caesarean section and taken into care by British social services is struggling to regain custody of the child, according to media reports. The case has made sensational headlines after it was reported by Britain's Sunday Telegraph that the woman, who already has two children, was visiting Britain 18 months ago when she had a panic attack and says she was forced to deliver and give up her baby. The newspaper reported that British social workers obtained a court order that allowed them to take the baby from the womb of the mother, who has a bipolar condition but had not been taking her medication because of the pregnancy. Police contacted the woman's mother in Italy who explained her daughter's condition, according to reports. They then took her to a psychiatric hospital where, five weeks later, she said she was sedated and the baby was taken from her. The woman, who cannot be named for legal reasons, returned to Italy and is now fighting for custody of her 15-month-old daughter.