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English Lawyer Weighs in on Wrongful Death of Baby Indi Gregory

In the early hours of Nov. 13, a fierce storm made landfall in Britain. Driving winds and rain smashed and cut power lines, disrupted travel and resulted in widespread flooding.

As this was happening, a child lay dying in an English hospital.

A sick patient in a children’s hospital is rarely a news story.

When that suffering soul is a few months old, it is even less noteworthy.

And yet the subsequent death of Indi Gregory made headlines — not just in the United Kingdom, but across the world.

She was a child who, having exhausted the care of the U.K.’s National Health Service (NHS), was refused by an English court the possibility of seeking medical treatment abroad.

Born Feb. 24, Indi Gregory had a rare condition called mitochondrial disease. Her parents tried everything possible to obtain treatment for their daughter’s condition. By the end of Indi’s first summer, however, the medical staff at the Pediatric Intensive Care Unit at the Queen’s Medical Centre, in Nottingham, England, where the child was a patient, judged that there was nothing more they could do for her.

Indi’s parents thought otherwise and tried to convince the hospital authorities to continue treating their daughter. The matter ended up in court. On Oct. 13, perhaps all too predictably, the court sided with the hospital: treatment was to end, ruled not to be in the “best interests” of the child.

But then something altogether unexpected happened.

The Vatican-run Bambino Gesù Hospital in Rome offered to take care of baby Indi. The hospital also offered Indi’s parents something else besides: In the judgment of the Italian doctors, the child’s medical condition was not without hope.

Whereas the British state’s medical system had turned away from the pleas of the child’s parents, Italy embraced them. Remarkably, Prime Minister Giorgia Meloni granted Indi emergency Italian citizenship, so as to facilitate the child’s immediate medical transfer to Italy. In addition, an Italian petition, calling on the British government to allow Indi to be transferred to the hospital in Rome, quickly attracted 50,000 signatures.

Pope Francis prayed for Indi and her parents as Italy awaited the arrival of the sick child.

However, an English court blocked Indi’s parents from accepting the Italian offer of help, and, days later, a subsequent appeal against this ruling also failed. The parents’ request to take Indi to Italy in a last desperate bid for her survival was also denied. Curiously, also, the courts had refused permission to let Indi go home to die.

On Nov. 13, at 1:45 a.m., Indi Gregory died.

Hers was yet another name to add to the list of children — Archie BattersbeeCharlie GardAlfie Evans — who had made headlines for the same sad reason. English courts denied all of these children’s parents the right to decide on a course of medical treatment for their sick children.

This begs one simple question: Why?

Read more at National Catholic Register 

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