Forced shock of Simone D stopped!

From MindFreedom International News – 28 August 2007:
For the second time in one month a forced electroshock is STOPPED!Simone D. wins! John Kelly wins!

Simone D. is a psychiatric inmate in the Creedmoor psychiatric institution in New York State. New York State’s Office of Mental Health (OMH), using taxpayer money, aggressively pursued obtaining a court order to give Simone D. forced electroshock against her expressed wishes.

Simone D. had clearly said electroshock caused her pain and suffering. She knew what she was talking about. Simone D. previously had 200 electroshocks, also known as electroconvulsive therapy (ECT). Making matters worse, Simone D. speaks only Spanish, but for years she has been denied counseling or even staff fluent in Spanish, except for a short period of a few weeks.
Today, Simone D.’s attorneys announced that she won! This morning, 28 August 2007, a court ruled that the two-year-oldorder to give her forced electroshock had been set aside. Said Kim Darrow, one of her attorneys, “I was able to get the original judge to order a hearing, on the ground that his main reason for granting the shock order — that Simone might not eat and starve — no longer applies.”

Simone D.’s attorneys were able to show that during the nearly 20 month delay as they fought for her right to say “no” to electroshock, Simone did not starve as the doctors had predicted.

Far from it.

Free from electroshock during the court battle, Simone D. actually experienced a 34 pound weight gain! Kim explained, “The hearing was held this morning before a different judge. He ruled that Creedmoor failed to carry its burden of proof.” The judge canceled out OMH’s court order for Simone D.’s forced electroshock, that has hung over her head these past two years, since 2005.

This is the second person to win a victory in one month over forced electroshock by the New York State Office of Mental Health following a campaign of public alerts and court battles. David Oaks, director of MindFreedom International said, “Thank you to Simone D. and her great attorneys, Dennis Feld and Kim Darrow. And thank you to the many people who spoke out against her forced electroshock. The fact that John Kelly and now Simone D. have both been able to stop their planned forced electroshock shows there is hope! Keep up the pressure. Let’s end all forced electroshock!”

You are encouraged to read and act on the original alert for Simone D. This time, write your legislators and call for ending all future forced electroshock in New York State!

Read about John Kelly’s victory earlier this month here.

More updates will be on the MindFreedom Free Live Internet Radio Show tomorrow, Wednesday, 29 August 2007, at 4 pm ET when electroshock survivor Sue Clark of Canada is the guest. At that time click this link to listen in. You may phone in comments and questions live, or e-mail the show.

More info on the weekly MindFreedom Web Radio Show is here.

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