Specialists have withdrawn life-support treatment for eight-month-old Indi Gregory who has been at the centre of a legal battle.

Baby Indi was being treated for mitochondrial disease, which prevents cells in the body from producing energy.

The baby girl has now been moved from the Queen’s Medical Centre in Nottingham to a hospice, according to Christian Concern, a group who have been supporting her parents.

This move comes after the Derbyshire family’s appeal to take their daughter home was rejected.

Indi’s parents, Dean Gregory and Claire Staniforth, from Ilkeston, wanted specialists to keep treating their daughter but the couple lost fights in both the High Court and Court of Appeal, as reported by Sky News.

The High Court judge, Mr Justice Peel, ruled limiting treatment would be lawful, and doing so would be in Indi’s best interests.

Her parents failed to persuade Court of Appeal judges and judges at the European Court of Human Rights, to overturn the decision.

The parents also wanted to transfer the baby to a hospital in Rome, but a court decided it would not be in their daughter’s best interest either.

Mr Justice Peel concluded that “extubation and palliative care at the family home” would be “all but impossible”.

On the journey from the hospital in Nottinghamshire to the hospice, the baby is said to have been relaxed and slept during the ride and her father has been quoted saying his daughter is “fighting hard”. 

Andrea Williams, chief executive of the Christian Legal Centre, said: “Dean and Claire are by the side of their precious daughter Indi, keeping watch over her. We ask for your prayers for them”.

The Vatican Press Office also released a statement: “Pope Francis embraces the family of little Indi Gregory, her father, and her mother; prays for them and for her, and turns his thoughts to all the children around the world at this very hour are living in pain or risk their lives because of illness or war.”

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