Dean Gregory and Claire Staniforth from the UK have lost their legal battle to have their dying eight-month-old daughter Indi flown to Italy for treatment. According to them, the court’s decision is “repugnant” and the only thing left for their baby is death. According to the judge, citing experts, treatment is hopeless and moving abroad would not help the child. The authorities had previously decided that doctors should limit their care and disconnect Indi from the devices due to the painful and dysfunctional treatment. The local media reported on the case.
Judge Robert Peel ruled on Thursday that the parents cannot take little India to Italy for treatment. “There is absolutely no indication that care in an Italian hospital would have positively affected her prognosis,” he said in his statement, according to the BBC. “A transfer would not be in her best interest,” he added, according to the Independent.
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According to the judge, there is also no “new compelling evidence” to change his earlier decision to disconnect the little girl from the devices. He said at the time that from a medical point of view, the arguments for the decision were “unanimous and clear”. According to the doctors, the treatment was futile and caused the baby pain.
We have nothing to lose
Dean and Claire unsuccessfully appealed to the Court of Appeal in London and the European Court of Human Rights after the court’s original decision to limit their daughter’s medical care. However, according to the Christian Legal Center, which represents the parents, the children’s hospital in Rome agreed to administer the treatment. According to the parents, this could prolong the baby’s life. However, the judge ruled out this possibility.
The parents also want to appeal against the latest court decision, which banned care in Italy. According to Dean Gregory, it is “disgusting”. “We wanted to accept their offer. Although moving to Italy involves risk, the only alternative offered to us in Britain is to accept India’s death. Neither we nor she can lose anything,” recounted the heartbroken father.
The little girl suffers from a mitochondrial disease which, according to British doctors, is incurable. “Cases like this are incredibly difficult for everyone. Our thoughts are with India’s parents. Our priority continues to be the best possible care for Indi and supporting her parents in this process,” said Dr Keith Girling from Nottingham Hospital.
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