The mother of Pippa Knight is “devastated” after the Supreme Court refused to hear the case of her five-year-old girl whose life support doctors want to turn off.
Paula Parfitt, from Strood, Kent, wanted daughter Pippa to leave hospital for specialists to stage a homecare trial.
However, doctors treating Pippa, who is in a vegetative state at the Evelina Children’s Hospital in London, disagreed and said life-support treatment should end.
Ms Parfitt, 41, had already lost fights in the High Court and Court of Appeal and wanted Supreme Court justices to consider the case.
However, the Supreme Court has refused to give Ms Parfitt permission to mount a challenge after considering a written application.
John Deighan, CEO of the Society for the Protection of Unborn Children (SPUC), which has supported the case, deplored the decision, branding it a “tragedy”.
“I have just been speaking with Pippa’s mum, Paula, and she is understandably devastated,” he said.
“She asks that people keep Pippa and her family in their prayers. This has been a tremendous effort for the whole family and the legal team who have fought to keep Pippa alive.
“We have backed this case because we believe that every human life is valuable and worthy of care.
“Paula has been a heroic example of a loving mother and we want to support her. She is right to expect that our society should treasure every person no matter what their condition of health.”
Mr Deighan said he believes videos taken of Pippa show that her “treatment is not over-burdensome and that she derives great benefit from her mum’s care”.
“It is a tragedy that we are powerless before our courts to keep her alive,” he added.
SPUC said the family is exploring options to claim asylum in Canada where there is a possibility of treatment.
Picture: Paula Parfitt with her daughter, Pippa Knight.