It may be both a blessing and a curse for the family of five-year-old Tafida Raqeeb that the UK public and media currently have other things on their minds. 

On the one hand, her relatives are benefiting from a degree of privacy they might otherwise not have had as proceedings started in the High Court this week. On the other, it has meant that the case and the smiling face of Tafida are not featuring as prominently as they might in the public discussion. And that is, to my mind at least, to be regretted.

Tafida is the latest small child whose fate rests with the UK courts, having become the subject of a high-stakes legal tussle between parents and doctors. The small girl collapsed in February after complaining of a headache. Doctors found that blood vessels in her brain had ruptured, and there was nothing that could be done. Barts Health NHS Trust, which is responsible for the Royal London Hospital where she is being treated, wants to stop life support, arguing that this is in the child’s best interests.

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