A mother from Kent has recently lost her court battle over the tragic end of her 5-year-old daughter’s life support.
41-year-old Paula Parfitt had requested the courts to allow doctors to continue treating her daughter’s case. Unfortunately, her appeal was recently rejected by three judges, who made a ruling against her decision. Therefore, this means she has lost out on the final round of her daughter’s fight for continuing to use life support.
The mum explained how she felt that her young daughter Pippa should leave the hospital while aiming to get specialists to carry out a home-care-based trial. However, that’s not the same opinion held by many doctors treating the child, who is currently brain damaged and in a vegetative state.
Medical experts at the Evelina Children’s Hospital in London spoke about how they disagree with the mum’s decision completely. Moreover, they even went ahead to add how they strongly felt that the child’s life support treatment must end.
Justice Poole was bold about mentioning how the treatment would soon be ended lawfully while allowing the child to die peacefully.
In February of this year, the mum issued an appeal to the judges, requesting for them to overturn the decision. But the recent ruling which came on Friday upheld the decision.
In the same way, Justice Baker’s decision came in the form of a written ruling where he boldly mentioned, “I am totally satisfied with the way that the judge was able to draw out a conclusion, declaring how it was totally lawfully and in the young child’s best interest to end the life support treatment, in accordance to the reasons mentioned in his particular judgment.
On the other hand, John Deighan who is the chief deputy executive for the society spoke about the ruling too and how he totally opposed it.
“This is truly a very sad day and one decision that totally allows despair to win over hope.” In addition, he spoke about how the brave girl fought hard and long to live for the past two years but now, the court’s decision will prove that her fight was all in vain.