The parents of a brain-damaged young girl have won a legal fight to take her to Italy for treatment after British doctors argued that her life support should be turned off.
Five-year-old Tafida Raqeeb has been at the Royal London Hospital since suffering a traumatic brain injury in February, but could be moved to the Gaslini children’s hospital in Genoa within 10 days after a High Court judge ruled in her family’s favour.
Solicitor Shelina Begum, 39, and construction consultant Mohammed Raqeeb, 45, of Newham, east London, looked to raise the funds needed for the transfer after doctors in England said that further treatment would be futile and that she has no realistic chance of recovery.
Lawyers representing bosses at Barts Health NHS Trust, which runs the Royal London Hospital, could still ask Mr Justice MacDonald to halt Tafida’s transfer pending any appeal hearing on Friday.
They said further treatment would be futile because the youngster had permanent brain damage, was in a minimally conscious state and had no chance of recovery.
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