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Hospital trust asks High Court to rule whether it can withdraw girl’s life support

BMJ 2019; 366 doi: (Published 08 August 2019) Cite this as: BMJ 2019;366:l5097
  1. Clare Dyer
  1. The BMJ

The parents of a 5 year old girl who has been on life support since February after a brain bleed are fighting moves by the NHS trust caring for her to withdraw life sustaining treatment and allow her to die.

In a five day hearing next month Barts Health NHS Trust will ask the High Court to rule that keeping Tafida Raqeeb alive artificially is futile and not in her best interests.

In a case with echoes of the bitter legal battles over the fate of Charlie Gard and Alfie Evans, Tafida’s parents, Shelina Begum and …

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