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Doctors can turn off the life support of five year old Pippa Knight


A judge said that a brain-damaged little girl's life support can be stopped by doctors – overriding her broken mother who struggled to keep her alive.

Medics may stop treatment for brain-damaged Pippa Knight, five, from Strood, Kent, Justice Poole said in the Family Division of the High Court in London today.

Doctors treating her at Evelina Children's Hospital in London said life support treatment should end during the trial.

Little Pippa is in a vegetative state and is life sustaining after flu A damaged her brain in January last year.

The hospital chiefs had asked Mr. Justice Poole to decide that the girl, who is in a vegetative state, should be allowed to die.

But Pippa's mother, Paula Parfitt, 41, was keen to see her life support continued so that the five-year-old could take advantage of future advances in medicine.

Her attorneys said today that she would appeal the judge's verdict.

Her mother Paula Parfitt, 40, (pictured with her) from Strood, Kent, disagrees that her life support should continue so that her daughter can benefit from future advances in medicine

They said she was disappointed with the decision and wanted the appeals court judges to reconsider Pippa's case.

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

The responsibility for the decisions in this case rests with the court, not with them. My conclusion is that continued mechanical ventilation is against Pippa's best interests. & # 39;

He added that he "cannot weight Ms. Parfitt's view that home care would improve Pippa's condition because it is contrary to the unanimous view of clinicians and medical experts."

Mr Justice Poole had already examined evidence at a public hearing in the Family Division of the High Court in London in December.

Mrs. Parfitt wanted doctors to have Pippa treated at home. She said Pippa should have a tracheostomy and be put on a portable ventilator.

Little Pippa Knight from Medway, Kent, has been life sustaining at Evelina Hospital in London since Flu A hit her brain last January

Pictured: Pippa Knight, four, in her London hospital bed

Little Pippa Knight from Medway, Kent, has been life sustaining at Evelina Hospital in London since Flu A hit her brain last January

Paula Parfitt, mother of five year old Pippa Knight, in front of the Royal Courts of Justice

Paula Parfitt, mother of five year old Pippa Knight, in front of the Royal Courts of Justice

But doctors treating her said such steps were not in Pippa's best interests.

Ms. Parfitt told the judge that she believed in "God's law" and that "God's law" was to keep life.

"I just won't give up on her," Ms. Parfitt had told the judge.

The lawyers for the NHS Foundation Trust at St. Thomas Hospital have advised the High Court that they can remove her from life support

Guys & # 39; lawyers at St. Thomas & # 39; Hospital, NHS Foundation Trust, told the high court that there is no hope that Pippa's condition would improve and that doctors should be allowed to take her from life

"If there is an opportunity for them to go home, that is what God wants."

Ms. Parfitt said no one knew what could happen and said there could be changes in medicine.

"She has to be given the opportunity because nobody knows," said Ms. Parfitt.

"I don't think you know if something will work if you don't try."

Ms. Parfitt added, "I want my daughter to go home and do a tracheostomy and wearable ventilation and whatever will be, it will be."

Pippa's father Karl Knight died in 2017, the judge announced. Ms. Parfitt is desperate not to lose another loved one.

An attorney for the NHS trust who runs the hospital told the judge the case was tragic.

But Michael Mylona's QC said there was no hope that Pippa would improve.

"The decision to file this application will only be made after careful consideration and review of all available evidence," said Mylonas, who represents the NHS Foundation Trust of Guy and St. Thomas.

Given Pippa's position, her inability to experience pleasure, the impossibility of deriving any benefit from a prolonged life, and the absence of any hope that the future might lead to an improvement in her condition, the applicant's confidence regrettably asserts, that the corresponding arrangement is the explanation in the terms sought. & # 39;

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