Court of Appeal judges set to consider critically ill baby Indi Gregory's case

Indi Gregory Credit: PA Media

The parents of a critically ill baby from Derbyshire are preparing to stage an appeal after losing a High Court fight.

A High Court judge recently ruled that doctors could lawfully limit the treatment they provide to Indi Gregory - against the wishes of her parents, Dean Gregory and Claire Staniforth from Ilkeston.

Mr Justice Peel heard evidence about Indi's condition at a private trial in the Family Division of the High Court in London.

Indi Gregory Credit: PA Media

The judge heard that Indi, who was born on the 24th February 2023 and will be eight months old on Tuesday (24th October), has mitochondrial disease, a genetic condition that sap energy.

She is being treated at the Queen's Medical Centre in Nottingham.

Specialists say she is dying and bosses at the hospital's governing trust asked Mr Justice Peel to rule that doctors could lawfully limit treatment provided to her.

Indi's father, Dean Gregory

Indi's parents, who are both in their 30s and from Ilkeston, say her life support treatment should continue.

They are being supported by campaign group the Christian Legal Centre.

Two appeal judges, Lady Justice King and Lord Justice Birss, are listed to oversee a Court of Appeal hearing, at the Royal Courts of Justice, in London today (23rd October).

Barrister Emma Sutton KC, who led Nottingham University Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust's legal team, told Mr Justice Peel that Indi was critically ill and had an exceptionally rare and devastating neurometabolic disorder.

She said the treatment Indi received caused pain and was futile.

"She needs more time"

Mr Gregory told Mr Justice Peel that his daughter had "proved everyone wrong" and needed "more time".

Mr Justice Peel considered evidence behind closed doors but allowed journalists to attend the hearing and ruled that Indi, her parents and the hospital can be named in reports.

He ruled that medics treating Indi, and a guardian appointed to represent her interests, could not be named.