High Court Rules Against Mum To Turn Off Life Support Of Five-Year-Old

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HIGH Court rules against the mum of a five-year-old girl with brain damage and agrees with medics to turn off her life support

Devastated mum of five-year-old brain-damaged Pippa Knight has lost her battle with the Family Division of the High Court in London on Friday, January 7 after Mr Justice Poole sided with medical staff and agreed that her life support can be stopped. Little Pippa has been in a vegetative state at the Evelina Children’s Hospital since January 2020 after being hit with a Flu A virus.

Mr Justice Poole said: ‘Ms Parfitt has fought as hard for Pippa as any parent could.

‘Responsibility for the decisions in this case lies with the court, not with her. My conclusion is that continued mechanical ventilation is contrary to Pippa’s best interests.’

He added that he ‘cannot give weight to Ms Parfitt’s view that home care would improve Pippa’s condition, because it is at odds with the unanimous view of the clinicians and medical experts’.

Representatives for Pippa’s mum, Paula Parfitt, said that they would appeal the decision and continue working on getting Pippa home. ‘I want my daughter to go home, have a tracheotomy and portable ventilation, and whatever will be, will be,’ Ms Parfitt said.


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Former teacher and health services manager with a Degree in English, Sarah moved to Spain from Southern Ireland with her husband, who runs his own car rental business, in 2019. She is now enjoying a completely different pace and quality of life on the Costa Blanca South, with wonderful Spanish and expat friends in Cabo Roig. Sarah began working with Euro Weekly News in 2020 and loves nothing more than bringing all the latest national and international news to her local community.


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