Judge considers evidence in life-support dispute over brain injury girl
The parents of five-year-old Tafida Raqeeb want to take her to Italy for treatment.
A High Court judge has begun analysing evidence in a life-support dispute centred on a seriously-ill five-year-old girl.
Mr Justice MacDonald has heard that Tafida Raqeeb has “very serious” brain damage.
Doctors treating Tafida at the Royal London Hospital in Whitechapel say the damage is “permanent” and there is no chance of recovery.
Bosses at Barts Health NHS Trust, which runs the hospital, want a judge to decide whether stopping “life-sustaining treatment” is in the youngster’s best interests
Tafida’s mother, solicitor Shelina Begum, 39, and father, Mohammed Raqeeb, 45, a construction consultant, want to move her to Gaslini children’s hospital in Genoa, Italy, and have organised funding for treatment.
The couple, from Newham, east London, say Gaslini is the Italian equivalent of Great Ormond Street Hospital in London and specialists there are willing to treat their daughter, who turned five on June 10.
The case raises echoes of high-profile life-support treatment disputes featuring two other children – Charlie Gard and Alfie Evans.
Tafida’s mother said before going into the hearing on Monday: “I did follow Charlie Gard and Alfie Evans and I never knew in my wildest dreams I’d be here today, fighting for my daughter’s life.”
She said she had been at the hospital with Tafida before travelling to court.