A SEVERELY brain-damaged girl of five should be allowed to go abroad so she can be kept alive for up to 20 years, a court heard.
Tafida Raqeeb’s parents say doctors should not be permitted to switch off her life support as it is against their Islamic beliefs.
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Solicitor Shelina Begum, 39, and construction consultant Mohammed Raqeeb, 45, also say preventing their girl being taken to Italy — where a hospital has offered to keep her alive — contravenes her right of free movement within the EU.
Yesterday, the family’s lawyers said she was not in pain and could live another ten or 20 years on a ventilator at no cost to the NHS.
The child’s lawyer, Vikram Sachdever, told the High Court: “They believe all treatment must be provided and it’s for God to take life, not mankind.”
Tafida, from Newham, East London, collapsed in February because of a rare brain blood vessel condition. She is in a coma at the Royal London Hospital, where doctors say treatment is futile and want to turn off her life support.
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But the Gaslini Children’s Hospital in Genoa would not do so unless she is brain dead.
Arriving at court after visiting Tafida, Ms Begum said: “I promised my daughter, ‘We’ll get you out of this hospital’.”
The case continues.
Tafida, five, is in a coma after collapsing in February because of a rare brain blood vessel condition[/caption]
Shelina Begum and Mohammed Raqeeb leave the High Court on Monday where the case continues[/caption]
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