Italian woman fights for baby seized by British authorities
Claims she was sedated and forced into caesarean section02 December, 13:09
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.