We request RLH to release Tafida Raqeeb to a hospital of her parents' choice

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Shelina Begum
Shelina Begum signed this petition

Tafida Raqeeb is a previously healthy 5-year-old child who suffered from a traumatic brain injury in February 2019. She had a ruptured blood vessel (arteriovenous malformation) in her brain and is currently on the life support machine at Royal London Hospital (RLH).

On 9th February, Tafida collapsed at home and suffered a cardiac and respiratory attack. She was rushed to the local hospital and later transferred to a specialist hospital for brain surgery. Post-surgery, the neurosurgeons had told the family that the first 48 hours to 1 week would be critical for her but like the determined little child we knew her as, she fought hard. 5 months later, Tafida is beginning to show some signs of progress, such as reacting to pain, movement of limbs and opening and closing of eyes.

Initially, the family were informed that Tafida will have a tracheostomy, which meant that she can come off the ventilator. The family were even told that she may be able to go home after a few months and her recovery could continue at home. However, the medical team have now changed their mind and want to withdraw ventilation to end her life. Tafida’s parents are very distraught as they have seen their little daughter make progress in the 5 months that she has been in intensive care; and therefore have requested to allow more time for her recovery. Unfortunately, the plea fell on death ears, and so not wanting to leave any stone unturned, they researched foreign treatment. They have found a European hospital willing to continue treatment for Tafida but sadly, RLH are refusing to release her. We would like to request Royal London Hospital to give this 5 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.