Indi Gregory’s father pays heartbreaking funeral tribute to ‘beautiful warrior’

Dean and Indi Gregory

Indi Gregory’s father pays heartbreaking funeral tribute to ‘beautiful warrior’

Oliver Trapnell

By Oliver Trapnell

Published: 01/12/2023

- 12:13

Indi suffered from a rare mitochondrial disease that the NHS says is incurable

Indi Gregory’s father has paid a heartbreaking tribute to his “beautiful warrior” daughter after her life support was switched off following weeks of legal challenges.

At her funeral today at Nottingham Cathedral, Dean Gregory praised his “special” daughter who suffered from a rare mitochondrial disease.

The toddler from Ilkeston was born in February but had her life support ended in September after Nottingham University Trust Hospitals NHS Trust advised continuing her treatment was not in her best interests.

Courts ruled against both Dean and his wife Claire on multiple occasions as they appealed to keep her life support running.

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Indi Gregory’s life support was removed on November 11 after being moved from Queen’s Medical Centre to a hospice and sadly died two days later.

Dean said her daughter had died in “excruciating pain”.

He said today at the Nottingham Cathedral service: “My Beautiful Warrior Indi Gregory.

“I honestly and truly feel, deep in my heart, that Indi was not only beautiful, strong and unique. I just knew, from the start, she was very special.

“Nonetheless, I could never have imagined the sort of journey we and Indi would have to go through to fight for her life. She didn’t only have to battle against her health problems, she had to battle against a system that makes it almost impossible to win.

“Yet, it was her weakest point, her health problems, that distinguished Indi as a true warrior.”

Indi Gregory's funeral

Indi Gregory's funeral at Nottingham Cathedral


\u200bMourners gather for \u200bIndi Gregory's funeral at Nottingham Cathedral

Mourners gather for Indi Gregory's funeral at Nottingham Cathedral


Dean and Claire’s last-ditch effort to save their daughter was denied by the High Court as they attempted to bring Indi to Italy under the 1996 Hague Convention.

The service was attended by a delegation from the Italian government, including Minister of Families, Eugenia Roccella and Minister of Disabilities, Alessandra Locatelli.

Former Italian senator and lawyer, Simone Pillon, also attended and Jacopo Coghe, Vice President of Pro Vita and Famiglia Onlus.

During the legal case, Coghe helped generate a petition of 50,000 signatures in Italy calling on the UK government to allow Indi to be transferred to the Bambino Gesu Paediatric Hospital in Rome for specialist treatment.

Throughout the legal battle, the family was supported free of charge by the Christian Legal Centre.

Indi’s mitochondrial disease prevented her cells from producing energy with the NHS advising that the condition is incurable.

Tributes for \u200bIndi Gregory during her funeral at Nottingham Cathedral

Tributes for Indi Gregory during her funeral at Nottingham Cathedral


Indi Gregory's coffin

Indi Gregory's coffin


Dean continued: “Indi overcame so much: she had seizures, 2 operations, sepsis, ecoli, including other infections, that even another child would struggle to beat.

“But, Indi’s determination to fight for a chance of life really inspired me.

“The strength she had for an 8-month-old child was incredible. And this is one of the reasons I would have done anything for Indi to have the chance to live which was denied her.

“She had to fight to live from day one of her life. I was even willing to go down into the pits of hell to fight and to protect Indi. In a way I did, because the court system itself felt like being in hell to me.

“Yet, Indi was an 8-month-old baby that had the power to touch millions of people’s hearts around the world! She inspired love, and nowhere more than Italy.

“In fact, I’m sure Indi is as proud as I am for the amazing support and love shown by the Italian government, the Italian prime minister and the Italian people.

\u200bIndi was baptised in hospital before her death

Indi was baptised in hospital before her death


\u200bIndi suffered from a rare mitochondrial disease that the NHS says is incurable

Indi suffered from a rare mitochondrial disease that the NHS says is incurable


“I strongly believe they were Indi’s guardian angels during the legal battle to save her.

“I would also like to thank all the many people involved in Indi’s legal battle including my lawyers and Christian Concern. You have all been a true inspiration and I truly believe it has been a battle of good versus evil.

“I have now reached the conclusion that this was indeed Indi’s destiny. God put Indi on this earth with the mission to expose evil in the world.

“He chose her because she was strong, beautiful and special. But, now this chapter of Indi’s destiny is over. Her legacy, however, has only just begun. I wanted to make sure Indi would be remembered forever and she will live on in our hearts and through our voices.

“But, my greatest comfort at this difficult time is knowing where Indi is and with whom she is with now. I had Indi baptised to protect her and so she would go to heaven. It gives me peace to know she is in Heaven and God is taking care of her.

“I thank the Catholic Church of Nottingham and Bishop McKinney for celebrating Indi’s funeral and all those who helped me prepare this beautiful farewell.

“I will love you always, Indi. From Dad x.”

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