According to a group supporting the family, a baby with a terminal illness who was at the center of a legal dispute involving her parents, British health authorities, and the Italian government has passed away on Monday.
Indi Gregory passed away on Monday morning at a hospice following the withdrawal of her life support on Sunday, according to Christian Concern.
The infant, who was 8 months old at the time, experienced brain damage due to a rare disorder known as mitochondrial disease.
The physicians recommended terminating her life support so she could pass away in a medical facility or hospice. Her mother and father, Dean Gregory and Claire Staniforth, battled to keep her on life support in the hopes of trying experimental treatments to extend her life. The Italian government had requested authorization for her to receive treatment at Bambino Gesu Children’s Hospital in Rome and also gave her Italian citizenship.
Medical professionals contended that Indi lacked consciousness of her environment and was in distress, therefore should be permitted to pass away peacefully. Despite numerous legal efforts, supported by Christian Concern, British courts denied these requests.
On Monday morning, the father of the infant expressed strong disapproval towards the courts for denying their request to let their child pass away at home.
“Gregory expressed our anger, heartbreak, and shame. While they were able to take Indi’s body and dignity, her soul will always remain untouchable.”
This situation is the most recent in a string of legal disputes in the United Kingdom involving disagreements between parents and medical professionals regarding the care of terminally ill minors. In previous cases, British courts have consistently supported the decisions of doctors when they believe it is in the child’s best interest, even if the child’s parents disagree with the recommended treatment plan.
Last Friday, Judge Peter Jackson of the Court of Appeal stated that doctors taking care of Indi and other seriously ill children have faced a difficult situation due to the legal battle. He criticized the use of “manipulative” legal strategies aimed at obstructing court orders that were made after thorough evaluation.
Giorgio Meloni, the Prime Minister of Italy, expressed her condolences through a post on social media, sending well wishes to the baby.
“We exhausted all efforts and did everything in our power,” Meloni stated. “Unfortunately, it fell short.”