Specialists have withdrawn life-support treatment from eight-month-old Indi Gregory, who has been transferred from the Queen’s Medical Centre in Nottingham to a hospice, as confirmed by the Christian Legal Centre.
She stopped breathing on Saturday night, but then recovered. "She is fighting hard," her father Dean Gregory is quoting as saying.
Indi was born in February with a rare mitochondrial disease, resulting in insufficient energy production in her cells. In October, England's High Court ruled that it was in the baby's "best interests" to be taken off life support, rejecting her parents' request to airlift her to the Vatican's Bambino Gesu paediatric centre.
Following the loss of their final appeal on Friday, the Vatican released a statement on Saturday expressing the Pope's thoughts for baby Indi's parents and all children worldwide facing pain, disease, or the risks of war.
It read: “[The Pope] embraces the family of little Indi Gregory, her father and mother, prays for them and for her, and turns his thoughts to all the children who in these same hours, around the world, are living in pain or are risking their lives due to disease and war.”
Andrea Williams, CEO of the Christian Legal Centre, said on Sunday: "Dean and Claire are by the side of their precious daughter Indi, keeping watch over her. We ask for your prayers for them."Andrea Williams, chief executive of the Christian Legal Centre, said on Sunday: "Dean and Claire are by the side of their precious daughter Indi, keeping watch over her. We ask for your prayers for them"