In a devastating turn of events, life-support treatment has been withdrawn from eight-month-old Indi Gregory, a critically ill baby girl with a rare mitochondrial disease. The decision was made following a legal battle waged by her parents, Dean Gregory and Claire Staniforth, who have been fighting to keep their daughter on life-sustaining treatment. Their efforts, however, have been unsuccessful, and Indi has now been transferred from the Queen’s Medical Centre in Nottingham to a hospice.
Indi’s condition took a frightening turn when she stopped breathing on Saturday night. Fortunately, she was able to recover, and her father, Dean Gregory, remarked on her resilience, stating that “she is fighting hard.” This glimmer of hope in the face of such adversity is a testament to Indi’s strength and the love and support of her parents.
Born in February with a rare mitochondrial disease, Indi has been battling this debilitating genetic condition since birth. The disease saps her energy, causing significant pain and distress. Her doctors have deemed further treatment as futile, stating that it would only prolong her suffering. Despite their professional opinion, Dean Gregory and Claire Staniforth have taken every legal avenue available to them in an attempt to save their daughter’s life.
Regrettably, the couple has faced multiple disappointing court rulings, making their fight increasingly difficult. Most recently, the Court of Appeal dismissed their challenge to an earlier ruling that recommended the removal of Indi’s life support in a hospital or a hospice setting. The parents had hoped for the option of allowing their daughter to have her treatment removed at home, but this possibility was ruled out by Mr. Justice Peel, who deemed it “all but impossible.”
In addition, Dean Gregory and Claire Staniforth’s request to transfer Indi to a hospital in Rome, where she had been offered treatment and Italian citizenship, was also denied. The judge overseeing their case concluded that such a move would not be in Indi’s best interests, a decision that was later upheld by the Court of Appeal. The family’s hopes for seeking alternative medical options abroad have been crushed, leaving them with limited choices.
As news of Baby Indi’s heartbreaking situation spread, Pope Francis offered his prayers and support to the family. In a statement released by the Vatican Press Office, the Pope expressed his empathy for little Indi Gregory and her parents, acknowledging the pain and suffering experienced by countless children worldwide due to illness and conflict.
With life-support treatment now withdrawn, Indi Gregory has been transferred to a hospice, where her parents remain by her side, keeping watch over their precious daughter. The family is asking for prayers and support during this unimaginable ordeal. As the world watches this tragic battle unfold, it is a sobering reminder of the difficult decisions faced by families and medical professionals when it comes to end-of-life care for the most vulnerable among us.