The Council of Ministers meets at 2:15 p.m. in an urgent session to grant Italian citizenship to little Indi Gregory: is an eight-month-old English girl who suffers from a rare mitochondrial disease that The High Court in London wants to suspend vital treatments. The little girl, born in February, suffers from mitochondrial wasting syndrome, one very rare degenerative genetic disease which causes the lack of development of all muscles.
The session at Palazzo Chigi ended in a few minutes, with a “lightning decision” that made Indi Gregory an Italian citizen. Chigi Palace, on a noteHe stated that the decision was made “taking into account theExceptional interest for the national community in guaranteeing greater therapeutic advances for minors., in the protection of preeminent humanitarian values which, in this case, refer to the protection of health. The resolution follows the availability expressed by the pediatric hospital “Bambino Gesù” in connection with the hospitalization of Indi Gregory. For your part Giorgia Meloni on Facebook commented: «Until the end I will do what I can to defend life (from Indi, ed.) and defend the right of mom and dad to do everything they can for her.”
The goal is allow Indi’s transfer to Rome where the “detachment” of the machinery that keeps her alive would be avoided, in particular assisted ventilation.
Indi’s case is similar to that of other children.for example Charlie Gard’sby Alfie Evans or Archie Battersbee, for whom English judges have ordered the suspension of vital treatments in recent years. The criterion that guided the sentences is that of “maximum interest for the minor”: The separation of the machines aims to prevent the patient from unnecessary pain.
She is currently hospitalized in Queen’s Medical Centre, Nottingham waiting for the High Court ruling to be applied (initially scheduled for 3:00 p.m. today). Here the doctors say that Continuation of therapies would have no effect other than causing unnecessary suffering to the newborn.
Indi’s parents had launched an appeal – supported by “pro-life” associations – to avoid interruption of treatments and to be allowed to transfer their daughter to Rome. Italian law, as is known, prohibits any form of euthanasia.
“Thank you very much to the government, we are proud that our daughter is Italian,” was the first comment from Dean Gregory, Indi’s father. “There is hope and faith in humanity.”
The family’s lawyer is the former senator of the Northern League and ultra-Catholic Simone Pillon.: « We are now working to remove the remaining obstacles and bring the girl to Rome soon » writes Pillon about X.
What can happen now? The decree that granted Italian citizenship to the Indians was endorsed by the President of the Republic. Then the parents presented Immediate appeal to the High Court from London requesting his transfer to the Bambino Gesù hospital. The costs of any transfer to Italy will be borne by the family, while Bambino Gesù’s treatment will be borne by the Italian State.