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Tafida: Family celebrate daughter leaving hospital

Tafida Raqeeb

The family of a severely disabled five-year-old girl have marked her departure for an Italian hospital after winning an "emotional" life-support treatment battle.

Supporters of Tafida Raqeeb gathered outside the Royal London Hospital this morning for a balloon release as the youngster headed to the Gaslini children's hospital in Genoa.

Tafida's parents won a recent High Court fight with hospital bosses in London, when a judge ruled that the youngster could be moved to Italy.

Multi-coloured balloons, which read "flying to Italy" and featured a picture of Tafida, were released in unison.

Tafida's uncle, Abdul Malik, 36, from Whitechapel, said: "It's just amazing to see everyone here today - you know we've had a long fight from day one."

Youth workers deployed in hospitals to combat violence

A £4m investment will embed youth workers in hospitals to combat violence, Mayor of London Sadiq Khan has announced.

University Hospital Lewisham

Youth workers will be based in five A&E wards, in areas with high levels of victims of violent crime:

  • Newham General Hospital in Plaistow
  • The Queen Elizabeth Hospital in Woolwich
  • Croydon University Hospital
  • University Hospital Lewisham
  • Whittington Hospital, covering Islington and Haringey

Placing the workers in the A&E departments allows them to intervene and engage with young people quicker, the mayor's office said.

Director of London’s Violence Reduction Unit, Lib Peck, said: “Young people tell me that the youth workers are often a significant relationship in their lives and that it’s the point that they are introduced to new opportunities and diverted away from crime."

The funding announcement follows a stabbing incident in a butcher's shop in Tottenham on Sunday, where two men were injured.

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