TRAGIC Tafida Raqeeb would beg “just give me a chance” if asked about her life-support being switched off, her tearful mum told a High Court judge yesterday.
Shelina Begum, 39, made the claim as she pleaded for her brain-damaged daughter to be flown to Italy for treatment.
Tafida fell ill after blood vessels in her brain ruptured at home in Newham, East London, in February[/caption]
Mum Shelina told Justice Alistair MacDonald she disagreed with doctors who believe her brain damaged daughter would be better off dead.
Barts Health NHS Trust has refused her parents plea to fly Tafida to Gaslini Children’s Hospital, in Genoa, Italy, where doctors will continue treatment
Tafida, five, is “minimally conscious” at Royal London Hospital and doctors believe letting her die is in her best interest.
Asked what Tafida might reply, Shelina said: “Why am I not being given a chance?”
Shelina, a lawyer, told the hearing she believed her daughter is slowly improving and keep a notebook of recording every one of her movements.
The hearing was played a video showing Tafida in hospital appearing to respond to her nanny’s voice and held her hand.
Tafida fell ill after blood vessels in her brain ruptured at home in Newham, East London, in February.
Shelina, 39, insisted her daughter is slowly improving. She and husband Mohammed Raqeeb, 45, claim Barts Health NHS Trust is denying her right to medical care in another EU state. Case continues.
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The NHS Trust says all doctors in the case – including those in Italy – agree ‘she has no awareness and there is no prospect of recovery’.
Her brain stem is so severely damaged she cannot swallow, taste, see or breath without a ventilator.
Her parents secured funding to fly her to Italy where doctors will keep her on a ventilator and could live for up to 20 years.
Shelina Begum and husband Mohammed Raqeeb arrive at the Royal Courts of Justice in London[/caption]
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