A DEVASTATED mother is alleging that NHS doctors want to let her terminally ill daughter die.
Shelina Begum, 39, has launched a legal bid to transfer her five-year-old Tafida from the Royal London Hospital to a clinic in Italy.
Her fight will be heard at the High Court in September.
This came after two Italian specialist doctors examined the schoolgirl via video link and said they would treat her.
In an interview with the Sunday People, lawyer Shelina said: “I am her mum and I have to fight for her.
“We’ve been repeatedly told she is dying, yet she’s always fought for her life. We have to give her this chance of recovery.”
Tafida is currently on a life support machine at the Royal London Hospital, in East London, having suffered a sudden brain injury known as AVM in February.
But last month, doctors said they wanted to withdraw life support.
Shelina said: “I was inconsolable. My whole world had been turned upside down. Within days, they were asking us where we’d like Tafida to die.
She added: “What mum could stand by and let their child die if there is even a glimmer of hope.”
The little girl, who was in her first year of primary school, was rushed to hospital and later transferred to a specialist hospital for brain surgery.
We have to give her this chance of recovery
Mum Shelina Begum
Five months on, her family say she is starting to show signs of progress, such as reacting to pain, movement of limbs and opening and closing of eyes.
In a petition they have started, her mum said: “We have found a European hospital willing to continue treatment for Tafida but sadly Royal London Hospital are refusing to release her.
“We would like to request Royal London Hospital to give this five year old child a chance to make a recovery and allow her to be transferred to a hospital that is willing to take care of her and continue with her treatment.”
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The Sun Online has contacted Barts Health NHS Trust for a comment on Mrs Begum’s claims.
Responding to Tafida’s case previously a trust spokesman said its expert clinicians who have been caring for the child have determined, in discussion with additional independent medical experts elsewhere in London, that further invasive medical treatment is futile.
They have been recommending withdrawal of life sustaining treatment and instigating palliative care.
Five-year-old Tafida Raqeeb suffered a brain injury known as AVM in February[/caption]
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