Single mom loses Supreme Court battle to keep brain-damaged five-year-old Pippa Knight alive

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Single mother loses Supreme Court battle to keep brain-damaged five-year-old Pippa Knight alive after judges ruled life support treatment should be ended

  • Pippa Knight is in a vegetative state at Evelina Children’s Hospital in London
  • Her mother Paula Parfitt wanted the five-year-old to leave the hospital for home care
  • But the doctors treating Pippa said her life-support treatment should end
  • Ms. Parfitt has now not been allowed to file the charges with the Supreme Court

A single mother lost a Supreme Court fight to keep her brain-damaged five-year-old alive after judges ruled that her life-support treatment should be ended.

Paula Parfitt, from Strood, Kent, wanted daughter Pippa Knight to leave the hospital to have specialists perform a home care process.

But doctors treating Pippa, who is in a vegetative state at Evelina Children’s Hospital in London, disagreed and said the life-support treatment should be discontinued.

Ms. Parfitt, 41, had already lost fights in the Supreme Court and Court of Appeals and wanted Supreme Court justices to consider the case.

She first had to get permission to challenge the appeal judges’ verdict.

A Supreme Court spokeswoman said Friday that a panel of three judges had refused to authorize Ms. Parfitt to bring charges to the Supreme Court after considering a written application.

Paula Parfitt, from Strood, Kent, wanted daughter Pippa Knight (pictured together) to leave the hospital for specialists to organize a home care process

Paula Parfitt, from Strood, Kent, wanted daughter Pippa Knight (pictured together) to leave the hospital for specialists to organize a home care process

Ms. Parfitt (pictured at the Royal Courts of Justice) had already lost fights in the High Court and Court of Appeal and wanted Supreme Court justices to consider the case

Ms. Parfitt (pictured at the Royal Courts of Justice) had already lost fights in the High Court and Court of Appeal and wanted Supreme Court justices to consider the case

Ms. Parfitt (pictured at the Royal Courts of Justice) had already lost fights in the High Court and Court of Appeal and wanted Supreme Court justices to consider the case

Doctors treating Pippa, who is in a vegetative state at Evelina Children's Hospital in London, disagreed with Ms. Parfitt and said life support treatment should be discontinued

Doctors treating Pippa, who is in a vegetative state at Evelina Children's Hospital in London, disagreed with Ms. Parfitt and said life support treatment should be discontinued

Doctors treating Pippa, who is in a vegetative state at Evelina Children’s Hospital in London, disagreed with Ms. Parfitt and said life support treatment should be discontinued

Campaign group the Society for the Protection of Unborn Children (Spuc) paid for attorneys to represent Ms. Parfitt and was ready to fund a challenge from the Supreme Court.

Spuc’s deputy general manager, John Deighan, said Ms. Parfitt was “understandably devastated” by the Supreme Court’s decision.

Earlier this year, a Supreme Court judge issued a ruling against Ms. Parfitt.

Mr Justice Poole decided that the treatment could be ended lawfully and said that Pippa should die.

Pippa Knight

Pippa Knight

Pippa Knight

Pippa Knight

Pippa was born in 2015 and was developing normally, but in December 2016 she became unwell and suffered seizures and a court has been informed that she is now unaware of her surroundings.

Doctors had diagnosed acute necrotizing encephalopathy and the judge, hearing that Pippa's father was dead, described the case as 'heartbreaking'

Doctors had diagnosed acute necrotizing encephalopathy and the judge, hearing that Pippa's father was dead, described the case as 'heartbreaking'

Doctors had diagnosed acute necrotizing encephalopathy and the judge, hearing that Pippa’s father was dead, described the case as ‘heartbreaking’

Three appeals judges had upheld Mr Poole’s decision after a hearing at the Court of Appeal.

Mr Justice Poole heard evidence at a trial in the Family Division of the High Court in London in December and delivered a ruling in January.

The judge, hearing that Pippa’s father was dead, described the case as “heartbreaking.”

Pippa was born in April 2015, is almost six years old and initially developed normally, but in December 2016 she became unwell and started having seizures, the judge heard.

Physicians had been diagnosed with acute necrotizing encephalopathy.

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