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Baby flown to Vatican for medical treatment while four year old's appeal denied

by Premier Journalist

A newborn baby with a congenital heart condition was airlifted to an Italian hospital for surgery, in the same week as a disabled four-year-old's parents lost their appeal to continue his life there.

Italian Prime Minister Giorgia Meloni reportedly intervened in the one-month-old's case after his parents, one of whom is Italian, turned to lawyer and former senator Simone Pillon for help.

The baby, whose family wish him to remain anonymous, was put in an ambulance by NHS doctors, which was loaded onto a military aircraft bound for Rome.

However, the Christian parents of a boy born deaf and blind, and who had suffered a serious infection leading to two heart attacks, were told by a judge this week that his life-sustaining treatments would be withdrawn.

Mr Justice Poole told the devout Catholics, who also wanted their son to be treated in the Vatican-backed hospital, that it was in his best interests for invasive ventilation and other life-sustaining treatments to be discontinued.

In a sensitive and lengthy statement, the judge commended the four-year-old's "loving, kind, devoted" parents and praised their church community, the baby's godfather and the medics who treated him.

But he said further treatment "would be contrary to a child's best interests".

The NHS doctors who agreed to and helped with the transfer of the baby were commended by Pillon, who previously fought for eight-month-old Indi Gregory to be transferred to the same hospital.

He said: "The British doctors were wonderful because they allowed the transfer. The baby was operated on and it's going well and the doctors said that he wants to live and that he's fighting.

"I believe that he will have another operation as soon as possible."

The baby, whose has remained anonymous, was flown to Bambino Gesu Pediatric Hospital which is in the Vatican.

According to The Telegraph, the legal case had been referred to court and an emergency hearing was supposed to take place on Monday.

However, the baby's parents reached out to the Roman hospital and the UK hospital was then presented with a full care and transport plan.

Andrea Williams, chief executive of the Christian Legal Centre which has supported a number of high-profile end-of-life cases involving children in the UK, said: "This is a huge moment for how end-of-life cases involving children could be handled in this country. This baby has been given a chance of life and the wishes of the parents have been supported and respected.

Indi Gregory's parents also wanted her to go to the Bambino Gesù Pediatric Hospital, but their appeal failed.

Pillon also fought for Indi, who had a rare mitochondrial disease, but she died in a British hospice after her parents' appeal failed.

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