A pregnant mum of 5 who has learning difficulties must be given a contraceptive injection to stop her from having more children a judge has ruled.
The 36 year old woman, simply known as ‘DD’ has an extreme phobia for hospitals which led her to deliver one of her babies secretly at home using barbeque tongs.
Health visitors found marks on the baby’s forehead after a visit to the family’s home, which the woman shares with her boyfriend who also has learning difficulties.
The unprecedented ruling came earlier this month after social service workers took the case to the Court of Protection with fears that the woman may die during child birth.
The ruling gives social services the right to forcefully enter the woman’s house to administer the injection, however, the judge advised that staff take reasonable steps to engage her and obtain her cooperation.
The woman who is thought to be autistic was also found to have been feeding one of her new born babies powdered soup on a visit by health officials,reports the Metro.