Pope Francis on Saturday offered his prayers for a seriously ill British girl whose parents they lost their legal battle last month to maintain her life and transfer her to the Vatican children’s hospital in Rome.
Indi Gregory, eight monthssuffers from a rare and incurable mitochondrial disease that means his cells do not produce enough energy.
His doctors say he is in a lot of pain and distress and There is no point in continuing treatment. On Friday, his parents lost another legal challenge in which they sought to move life support home instead of in a hospital.
The Pope “embraces the family of little Indi Gregory, her father and mother, prays for them and for her, and directs his thoughts to all the children who, in these same hours, throughout the world, they live in pain or their life is at risk by disease and war,” said a Vatican statement.
England’s High Court ruled in October that it was in the baby’s best interest to be taken off life support, rejecting a request by his parents to be allowed transport her by plane to the Bambino Gesu pediatric center in the Vatican.