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Little Tafida had made excited plans for her fifth birthday party.
It would be themed around Disney’s film Frozen with pink and white balloons and a singalong to its famous tune, Let It Go.
All her cousins and classmates would be invited. Thrillingly, there would be a huge cake bearing the face of Frozen’s heroine Elsa.
When the big day arrived on June 10 this year her parents, Shelina and Mohammed Raqeeb, did indeed have such a cake for their beloved daughter. But, sadly, there was no party.
She was surrounded by her huge and loving family, including her doting older brother.
But rather than being at home, Tafida was in the hospital bed where she has been in a semi-conscious state on a life-support machine since suffering burst blood vessels in her brain.
‘I showed Tafida the cake because I hoped it would make her happy,’ explains Shelina.
‘Then I discreetly took it out of sight so she couldn’t see me cut it. She adores cutting cakes. Watching me cut this of all cakes would have been horrid for her to see.’
It’s difficult enough for any family to have a child seriously ill in hospital. But what made this such torture for Tafida’s family is they are convinced she can see and hear them and is on the, admittedly long, road to recovery.
However, the hospital caring for her — the Royal London in Whitechapel — disagrees.
It says Tafida has no chance of recovery, and it would be kindest to switch off her life support if she deteriorates, a view shared by experts the hospital has consulted.
Tafida’s fate is now being decided at a five-day High Court hearing which started on Monday.
Judge Alistair MacDonald QC must rule whether Tafida’s family can take their daughter to a hospital in Italy for treatment or whether the hospital trust has permission to let her die.
Shelina and Mohammed were in court yesterday to hear the hospital’s counsel say that keeping Tafida alive simply to comfort them would be wrong.
Katie Gollop QC said: ‘The issue is not the country where treatment can take place, but what is in the best interests of the child.
‘She cannot swallow. She cannot move, she cannot taste, she cannot see. She might be able to hear a little, we don’t know.
Before the hearing Shelina, 39, told us: ‘My only priority is Tafida — it always has been. I want what every mother would — the chance to see her daughter grow up and live the life she was meant to. Tafida is not dying. She is not brain dead. There is ample evidence she is improving. She just needs time.’
Tafida has a rare condition known as arteriovenous malformation, or AVM, which causes a tangle of blood vessels with abnormal connections between the arteries and veins.