In 2015 the Supreme Court judgement in the case of Montgomery v Lanarkshire Health Board created a significant change to the law in regard to gaining informed, or valid, consent.
The case concerned Nadine Montgomery, a pregnant lady of small stature with diabetes who delivered her son vaginally in 2001. Her son experienced a hypoxic insult as a result of shoulder dystocia and consequently suffered cerebral palsy with severe disabilities. She successfully argued that had she been informed of the risk of shoulder dystocia she would have opted to have an elective caesarean section.
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