Parents At High Court As They Seek Permission To Take Daughter To Italy For Treatment

Yesterday, The High Court heard a case of a five-year-old girl Tafida Raqeeb who is in a coma. UK doctors recommended her life support was switched off. Legal action has been taken on Tafida's behalf for her to be released from her London hospital in order to allow her family to take her, with an expert clinical team, to Italy for care.

Staff at Royal London Hospital say there is no hope Tafida Raqeeb will recover from a traumatic brain injury she suffered in February this year but her parents want to take her to a hospital in Genoa, Italy, which has the expertise to care for her and confirmed it is willing to continue her care.

The case considered whether the hospital will be given a legal right to detain a child and prevent parents from transferring their child to private medical care abroad.

Vikram Sachdeva QC, Deok Joo Rhee QC and Nicola Kohn were instructed for the Claimant in the judicial review proceedings by Yogi Amin, Rosie Campbell and David York of Irwin Mitchell.

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