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Bishop welcomes ruling allowing Tafida Raqeeb to continue treatment abroad

The parents of Tafida Raqeeb have won a High Court life-support treatment fight and will be allowed to take their daughter abroad to continue her treatment.

The harrowing case was a hard fought battle between Tafida’s parents who want to take their very sick child to a hospital in Italy, where doctors will continue life-support, and the Barts Health NHS Trust which claims that removing life support is in the child’s best interests.

Bishop John Sherrington, lead Bishop for Life Issues for the Catholic Bishops’ Conference of England and Wales, told The Catholic Universe: “I welcome today’s ruling which has taken account of the wishes of Tafida’s parents and their innate urge to do all they can to help their daughter in what are truly tragic circumstances. The heart-breaking illness of Tafida Raqeeb and the distress which the illness of a child causes parents touches the hearts of many people.

“I trust that all the medical professionals will cooperate to continue to give her the best possible care and appropriate treatment. Such international cooperation is essential good practice in the care of tragically difficult lives. I will keep these professionals in my prayers.

“I, along with many others, have held this family in my prayers and will continue to pray that Tafida and her parents are strengthened by the presence and mercy of God, and by the support of all who know and love her,” the bishop concluded.

Picture: Undated family handout photo of Tafida Raqeeb. (PA)