British brain-damaged girl who was flown to Italy for treatment is ‘settling in well’

epa07923251 Tafida Raqeeb, a five-year-old girl hospitalized in very serious conditions at the Royal London Hospital in London after a brain trauma, arrives with an airplane-ambulance at Genoa's Cristoforo Colombo airport to be transferred to the Gaslini pediatric hospital in Genoa, Italy, 15 October 2019. The parents of the brain-damaged girl are allowed to take her abroad to continue her treatment, the British High Court ruled on 03 October 2109. EPA-EFE/LUCA ZENNARO

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A severely brain-damaged girl who the British health services believed should have her life support withdrawn is settling into her new home in a specialist children’s hospital in Italy.

Tafida Raqeeb, five, took off on a chartered plane from Biggin Hill airport on Tuesday afternoon.

She was accompanied by her mother and four medical professionals from the Gaslini children’s hospital in Genoa, Italy.

Severely brain-damaged girl Tafida Raqeeb arrives for treatment in Genoa
Shelina Begum (L) and Mohammed Raqeeb (R), parents of Tafida Raqeeb, the 5-year-old girl hospitalized in very serious conditions at the Royal London Hospital in London after a brain trauma, on arrival with an airplane-ambulance at the Genoa’s Cristoforo Colombo airport and then transferred to the ‘Gaslini’ pediatric hospital in Genoa, Italy, 15 October 2019. The parents of the brain-damaged girl are allowed to take her abroad to continue her treatment, the British High Court ruled on 03 October 2109. EPA-EFE/LUCA ZENNARO

After landing at Genoa airport she was taken by ambulance to the intensive care ward at the hospital where doctors said she was settling in well.

It is the first time a family who have fought an NHS trust in court to keep their child alive have won and then successfully moved their child abroad.

 

Via Sky News

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