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Indi Gregory: Parents of critically-ill baby to return to the High Court

The parents of a critically-ill baby will return to the High Court after a campaign group said a hospital in Italy had offered to treat her.

A judge is set to consider issues related to eight-month-old Indi Gregory on Tuesday.

It comes after the Christian Legal Centre, which is representing Indi's parents, said the Italian hospital had agreed to treat her.

UK medics have been told they can withdraw life support for Indi.

Indi has mitochondrial disease and doctors at Nottingham's Queen's Medical Centre have said they can do no more for her.

A barrister representing the NHS trust that runs the hospital has said the treatment Indi received caused pain and was futile.

Mitochondrial disease prevents cells in the body producing energy and the NHS says there is no cure for her condition.

Earlier this month, in the High Court, Mr Justice Peel ruled "with a heavy heart" that doctors can stop life support.

Indi's parents Dean Gregory and Claire Staniforth, from Ilkeston in Derbyshire, challenged the ruling but this was dismissed by two Court of Appeal judges.

They then failed in their bid for the case to be heard at the European Court of Human Rights in Strasbourg, France.

Tuesday's hearing has been listed before Mr Justice Peel after the Christian Legal Centre said the Bambino Gesù Paediatric Hospital in Rome had agreed to accept Indi for treatment.

In a statement released through the Christian Legal Centre, Mr Gregory said: "We have been given a real chance by the Bambino Gesù Paediatric Hospital for Indi to get the care she needs and to have a longer life.

"We are amazed and truly grateful to the hospital and the Italian government, which has restored our faith in humanity.

"We are now begging doctors at the Queen's Medical Centre and the lawyers representing the [hospital] trust to work with Indi and us to secure her transfer to Rome."

Indi's parents expect medics to begin withdrawing treatment soon.

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