Vatican City, Jan 9, 2020 / 14:35 pm
A five-year-old British girl, whose parents won a legal battle to take her to Italy for medical treatment, has been moved out of intensive care, and into a rehabilitative unit for children with incurable illnesses. Her parents say they hope to have more good news about their daughter's condition in the months to come.
Tafida Raqeeb was transferred to the Galini Children's Hospital in Genoa from the Royal London Hospital, where she had been since February 2019. The move came after a high-profile court battle in the UK, pitting Raqeeb's parents against British physicians caring for their daughter.
Raqeeb has been in a coma since Feb. 9, 2019, after she suffered an arteriovenous malformation which resulted in a burst blood vessel in her brain.
In September 2019, Doctors at Royal London Hospital, where Raqeeb was comatose and on life support had asked a court's permission to end Raqeeb's life-sustaining treatment, arguing that continuing her life was not in the girl's best interest.