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“I faced repeated threats from the hospital, where they attempted to intimidate me and hasten Indi’s death, even with outstanding court orders. It seems there is no care or compassion, only cruelty towards our family.” The battle is getting harder Dean Gregorywho made these statements yesterday afternoon, and his wife Claire, with whom he struggles to be able to take their daughter So of eight months in Italy, where theBaby Jesus Hospital he is ready to welcome you. “It is shameful that the UK hospital and courts simply ignore the Italian government’s offer – continued the little girl’s father -. I appeal to the British Government to allow Indi to come to Italy before it is too late. “As a father, I have never asked or begged for anything in my life, but now I am begging the British Government to help me stop our daughter’s life from being taken.”
In fact, yesterday afternoon, High Court Justice Robert Peel ruled that the withdrawal of life support in India must take place in a hospital or hospice, but cannot be arranged at home, as the parents requested. . Therefore, the interruption of the treatments that keep her alive must occur at any time after 3 p.m. this afternoon. A decision that the family, supported by lawyers from the Christian Legal Centre, opposed by appealing. The tension yesterday was very high. Even before the sentencing, the parents complain, those responsible for the national health service “threatened to withdraw life support without the presence of family members.” The father, Dean Gregory, was not at the hospital at the time and said he felt like he was having a heart attack when they told him. Furthermore, the High Court ruling was issued in parallel and despite the fact that the Italian authorities had taken other important measures after the granting of citizenship decided urgently – and unanimously – by the Meloni government on Monday afternoon.
The lawyers claim that the Italian consul in Manchester, Matteo Corradini, in his capacity as the child’s guardianship judge, has issued an emergency measure authorizing the immediate transfer of Indi to the Bambino Gesù pediatric hospital in Rome.
“It is the first time that a measure of this type has been issued in an end-of-life case in the United Kingdom,” explain the Gregorys’ lawyers. But this may not be enough. However, British doctors have reiterated several times and in multiple places that Indi’s interest is to stop the treatments that keep her alive, since she suffers from a disease considered incurable. Continuing with interventions and therapies would mean causing her unnecessary suffering: “This is an incredibly difficult time for Indi and her family and our thoughts are with them today – said the medical director of Nottingham University Hospitals NHS Trust, Keith Girling – Following today’s halt based on the court decision, our priority will continue to be providing Indi with specialist care appropriate to her condition and in accordance with the court’s instructions, while supporting her family in every way possible.”
Andrea Williams, CEO of the Christian Legal Centre, also questioned Prime Minister Rishi Sunak: “What good reason can there be for keeping Indi here against her parents’ wishes when she is offered treatment in Rome? The events expose the difference in approach between the two nations, as the Italian Prime Minister has openly expressed his support for So Gregory and his parents’ right to access treatment in Rome and the British Prime Minister remained silent. He worries us that there has been no word from the British authorities since Indi was granted Italian citizenship. “We call for urgent intervention to allow the right decisions to be made.”
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