Doctors Proven Wrong: 5-Year-Old Girl Recovers after UK Hospital Tries to End Life Support
Last February, a blood vessel in five-year old Tafida Raqeeb ‘s brain ruptured leaving her in a coma. After evaluation, Tafida’s British doctors ultimately determined she would not recover, and it would be in her best interests to let her die. Tafida’s parents appealed this decision to the British courts and received a ruling from the high court stating Tafida could not be taken off life support against her parents’ wishes. Following this ruling, Tafida was transferred to the Gaslini Children’s Hospital in Genoa, Italy.
This week Tafida’s Italian doctors held a press conference and announced that Tafida had been transferred out of intensive care to a private room in a residential unit. The hospital is planning to support Tafida’s vital functions to the point she will gradually be weaned off her ventilator and will be able to be fed and have mechanical ventilation at home.
What an incredible journey! This story serves as a reminder that doctors can sometimes be wrong. Medical “miracles” do happen, and we should never stop believing.