You are using an older browser version. Please use a supported version for the best MSN experience.

Mother continues battle to keep her brain-damaged daughter alive

Daily Mail logo Daily Mail 27/01/2021 Henry Martin For Mailonline
a person brushing the teeth in front of a mirror posing for the camera: MailOnline logo © Provided by Daily Mail MailOnline logo

A single mother will appeal the decision of a High Court judge who ruled that her brain-damaged five-year-old daughter should be allowed to die.

Specialists treating five-year-old Pippa Knight, who has a rare condition, can lawfully stop providing life-support treatment, Mr Justice Poole decided earlier this month.

Pippa's mother Paula Parfitt, 41, was devastated by the decision and said she would raise money to fund a challenge.

Campaign group the Society for the Protection of Unborn Children (Spuc) says it has agreed to pay for lawyers to represent Ms Parfitt.

A spokesman said Ms Parfitt, of Strood, Kent, was waiting for a Court of Appeal hearing date to be confirmed.

a woman wearing glasses

© Provided by Daily Mail

'When my solicitor told me, I was so relieved and overwhelmed and I must admit I shed some tears,' said Ms Parfitt, in a statement released by Spuc.

'Spuc has given Pippa a second chance - and she deserves a second chance.'

Lawyers said Ms Parfitt had been granted legal aid to pay for the High Court fight but her bid for more aid to fund an appeal had failed.

Mr Justice Poole said specialists should keep treating Pippa for a short period to give Ms Parfitt time to organise an appeal.

The judge heard evidence at a trial in the Family Division of the High Court in London in December, and described the case as 'heart-rending'.

a baby posing for the camera: Paula Parfitt, pictured with Pippa Knight, wants her life support to continue so her daughter can take advantage of future advances in medical science © Provided by Daily Mail Paula Parfitt, pictured with Pippa Knight, wants her life support to continue so her daughter can take advantage of future advances in medical science

Pippa was born in April 2015 and initially developed normally, but in December 2016 she became unwell and began to suffer seizures, the judge heard.

Doctors diagnosed acute necrotising encephalopathy.

The judge heard she is now in a vegetative state and has no awareness.

Specialists treating Pippa at Evelina Children's Hospital in London said life-support treatment should end.

Hospital bosses had asked Mr Justice Poole to rule that ending treatment, and allowing Pippa to die, would be lawful and in her best interests.

Ms Parfitt, who told the court that Pippa's father was dead, disagreed.

She wants her daughter to be placed on a portable ventilator and allowed home, and wanted the judge to authorise a home-care trial.

Mr Justice Poole ruled against her.

Read more
AdChoices
AdChoices

More From Daily Mail

image beaconimage beaconimage beacon