Parents of Comatose Girl in UK May Take Her Abroad for Treatment, Court Rules

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(Catholic Herald) – The High Court of Justice ruled Thursday that the parents of Tafida Raqeeb may take her to Italy for medical treatment.

The five-year-old girl has been comatose since February, and UK doctors want to remove her life-sustaining treatment. Doctors at Royal London Hospital, where Raqeeb is on life support, had barred her parents (Muhhamed Raqeeb and Shalina Begum) from taking her abroad for treatment.

Barts Health NHS Trust, which operates the hospital, had asked that the court find that ending Raqeeb’s life-sustaining treatment is in her best interest.

Alistair MacDonald, the High Court judge, wrote in his October 3 ruling that “where a child is not in pain and is not aware of his or her parlous situation, these cases can place the objective best interests test under some stress”. CONTINUE