A UK court made a disturbing decision by ruling against the parents’ wishes to take their 8-month-old baby, named Indi Gregory, off life support. The actual full story of what went down is even more horrific. The truth is, Indi didn’t have to die; she had other options for life. Italy was willing to take her in and care for her, even offering her citizenship. Yet, the UK court still ordered that little Indi be removed from life support. Indi’s story is as close to a “death panel” as you can get.
The decision of the English judges to proceed today at 11 AM (🇬🇧 time) with the suspension of life support for little Indi, despite the possibility of the Bambino Gesù hospital in Rome 🇮🇹 to provide her with the best palliative therapies and despite the granting of Italian citizenship, is a defeat for humanity, for medicine, for science, and for Western civilization.
The decision was made on the basis of quality of life parameters that are totally euthanistic and that plunge us back into the darkest periods of our recent history.
A little girl will die today from suffocation not because of her illness but because a judge prevented her parents from helping her to breathe. #IndiGregory joins Charlie Gard, Alfie Evans and Isaiah Haastrup in the ranks of young British children whom the British health service and the British judiciary have deemed unworthy to live despite the effective possibility of the best palliative care and the love of their parents.
While thanking the Italian government for everything it has done to try to save little Indi’s life, we hope that a bilateral agreement between Italy and the United Kingdom will be promoted in the near future to allow parents who wish to do so to bring their sick children to Italy for treatment, and thus avoid similar situations in the future.
The decision of the English judges to proceed today at 11 AM (🇬🇧 time) with the suspension of life support for little Indi, despite the possibility of the Bambino Gesù hospital in Rome 🇮🇹 to provide her with the best palliative therapies and despite the granting of Italian… pic.twitter.com/dwQcJD6oiW
— Jacopo Coghe (@jacopocoghe) November 11, 2023
Sadly, Indi has now died thanks to a socialized medical system that shows zero regard for the sanctity of life.
Critically ill British infant Indi Gregory died overnight on Monday after her life support was removed over the weekend following a U.K. court order.
The 8-month-old Gregory died in her mother’s arms in a hospice at 1:45 a.m. on Nov. 13, according to British advocacy group Christian Concern.
In a statement released through Christian Concern, Gregory’s parents said they “are angry, heartbroken, and ashamed. The NHS and the courts not only took away her chance to live a longer life, but they also took away Indi’s dignity to pass away in the family home where she belonged.”
The process to remove Gregory’s life support began on Nov. 11 with extubation of her breathing tube and transfer to a hospice, where remaining life supporting measures were withdrawn, according to the Italian pro-life advocacy group “Pro Vita e Famiglia.”
Indi Gregory, born in February and baptized in September, suffered from a rare degenerative mitochondrial disease. She had been receiving life-sustaining treatment on a ventilator at the Queen’s Medical Centre in Nottingham, England.
After England’s high court ruled that it was in the child’s “best interests” to be taken off life support against her parents’ wishes, the Italian government granted the critically ill child Italian citizenship on Nov. 6 and agreed to cover the cost of her medical treatment at the Vatican’s pediatric hospital, Bambino Gesù.
The sad truth is this: little Indi was considered a “drain” on an already strained system. The powers that be didn’t want to invest another dime into her life. But instead of acknowledging this and accepting help from Italy, they chose to let her die. This, unfortunately, is a grim reality of socialized medicine.
There a lot of angles to this story. The father was moved so much through the agonizing ordeal that he chose to baptize his little angel.
Despite not being religious, Dean Gregory, the father of 8-month-old Indi Gregory, expressed that his time in court fighting for his daughter’s life felt like he had been “dragged to hell.” The experience moved him to decide to have his daughter baptized.
“I am not religious and I am not baptized,” Gregory told an Italian newspaper in an interview. “But when I was in court I felt like I had been dragged to hell. I thought that if hell exists, then heaven must also exist.”
He added: “It was as if the devil was there. I thought that if the devil exists, then God must exist.”
During Indi’s time in the neonatal intensive care unit, a Christian volunteer visited daily. It was during those visits, Gregory explained, that he was told “baptism protects you and opens the door to heaven for you.”
“I’ve seen what hell is like and I want Indi to go to heaven,” he expressed.
Indi was baptized on Sept. 22.
Gregory added that he has also decided to be baptized: “We want to be protected in this life and go to heaven.”
Despite not being religious, Dean Gregory, the father of Indy Gregory, who was removed from life support, says that fighting for his daughter’s life in court moved him and his wife to baptize their daughter. https://t.co/ef4WGp5Oip
— Catholic News Agency (@cnalive) November 13, 2023
Perhaps there is still hope even in the darkest of depths.