‘The devil was there’: Non-religious father has his baby baptized after UK removes life support against his will

The tragic death of an infant forced off life support by the United Kingdom courts when “the devil was there” sparked new life for the grieving family as the father explained his decision that would ensure “they can never take her soul.”

Early Monday, eight-month-old Indi Gregory, who had suffering from a mitochondrial disease, passed away in her mother’s arms after numerous efforts to circumvent the socialized English healthcare system were tossed aside by the courts. However, the final hours of the baby’s life were not without hope as the decision had been made to baptize the child weeks earlier.

“I am not religious and I am not baptized. But when I was in court, it felt like I had been dragged to hell,” Dean Gregory had told the New Daily Compass on Nov. 6. “I thought, if hell exists then heaven must exist. It was like the devil was there. I thought if there’s a devil then God must exist.”

The legal battle for the Gregorys turned their focus toward the church and on Sept. 22, their daughter was Christened.

The father explained, “A Christian volunteer visited the intensive care unit every day and she told me baptism protects you and opens the door to heaven. I was also really struck by my lawyers from the Christian Legal Centre, Louis Browne KC, Bruno Quintavalle and Pavel Stroilov, the way they supported me and their dedication. It was like Indi’s baptism was also a way of recognizing their work.”

With their eyes on God, the family did not give up the fight to save Indi as they strove for an appeal and even received offers of help from Italy and the Holy See.

Italian Prime Minister Giorgia Meloni’s government extended the offer of citizenship to the infant as resources were set aside by the Vatican with the intent of providing Indi continued care at a Catholic pediatric hospital, Bambino Gesù, in Rome.

“They say there isn’t much hope for little Indi, but until the end, I will do what I can to defend her life. And to defend her mom and dad’s right to do everything they can for her,” the prime minister had said on X the same day Gregory was interviewed.

Unfortunately, Justice Robert Peel had ruled on Nov. 8 that the child be removed from the life-support ventilator and senior U.K. judges Lord Justice Peter Jackson, Lady Justice Eleanor King and Lord Justice Andrew Moylan refused the appeal and the aid from Italy calling efforts to relocate Indi “wholly misconceived.” As it was, despite their house being half the distance to hospice, the court had ruled against Indi’s receipt of palliative care in the comfort of home.


Upon learning of Indi’s death, Meloni returned to X and said, “We did everything we could, everything possible. Unfortunately it wasn’t enough. Have a safe trip little Indi.”

Likewise, the Vatican announced that through prayer intentions, Pope Francis “embraces the family of little Indi Gregory, her father and mother, prays for them and for her, and turns his thoughts to all the children around the world in these same hours who are living in pain or risking their lives because of disease and war.”

In his own statement on his daughter’s passing, the father said, “Indi’s life ended at 01.45am. Me and Claire are angry, heartbroken and ashamed. The NHS and the courts not only took away her chance to live, they took away Indi’s dignity to pass away in the family home where she belonged. They did succeed in taking Indi’s body and dignity, but they can never take her soul. They tried to get rid of Indi without anybody knowing, but we made sure she would be remembered forever. I knew she was special from the day she was born. Claire held her for her final breaths.”

After the experience, Gregory explained that he and his surviving daughter would pursue their own baptism as he expressed, “I have seen what hell is like and I want Indi to go to heaven. In fact, I have decided that me and my daughter should get baptized too. We want to be protected in this life and go to heaven.”

Across social media, users spoke to the same evil that the family had experienced in the court as they too shared in a prayer for the “beautiful little girl that the UK murdered…”


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