What happened to Tafida Raqeeb?

What happened to Tafida Raqeeb?

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THE five-year-old suffered catastrophic brain injuries in February and is currently in a coma.

Her parents Shelina Begum and Mohammed Raqeeb have been fighting a legal battle to fly her to Italy after doctors here wanted to turn off her life-support system.

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Tafida Raqeeb is currently in a ‘minimally conscious state’ and on life-support at a hospital in London[/caption]

What happened to Tafida Raqeeb?

Tafida, from Newham, East London, suffered a rare condition which caused a tangle of blood vessels with abnormal connections between her arteries and veins.

She has been on life support ever since.

Her parents wanted to send her to Italy for treatment after doctors from a hospital in Genoa examined Tafida via video link and told her family they are prepared to care for her.

But doctors at the Royal London Hospital in Whitechapel said there is no hope for her and being allowed to die was in her best interests.

What was the High Court ruling?

Tafida’s parents won their “right to life” legal bid after ruling today, October 3, in a landmark case.

Her parents sought a judicial review at the High Court last month.

St Barts Health Trust is expected to appeal.

Barts Health NHS Trust, which runs the Royal London Hospital, said: “This is a sad situation, in which our teams continue to work very closely with the family to include them and offer our support.

“Our expert clinicians caring for Tafida consider, in discussion with additional medical experts from specialist centres outside of the Trust, that further medical treatment would not improve her condition and would not be in her best interests.

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Tafida fell ill after blood vessels in her brain ruptured at home in Newham, East London, in February[/caption]

“We recognise how difficult this is for all involved and, in accordance with national guidance from the General Medical Council in complex cases, are seeking the expert opinion of the High Court to ensure the Trust and the family provide the most appropriate care.”

Tafida’s parents – Shelina Begum, 39, and Mohammed Raqeeb, 45 – want to move her to Gaslini children’s hospital and have organised funding.

Ms Begum and Mr Raqeeb told the court that only God could end life under Islamic beliefs.


What was said in court?

During the week-long trial the court heard that Tafida could live for up to 20 years on ventilation and that switching off her life support ran counter to her religious beliefs, as well as those of her parents.

Shelina said her daughter had shown signs of awareness, producing videos shown to the court that she claimed illustrated this.

Katie Gollop QC, acting for Barts, said Tafida could not see, feel, taste or move and in the future was predicted to develop a number of conditions. They include spasticity, spinal curvature, dislocation of the hips, double incontinence and potentially epilepsy.

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