A doctor has told a High Court judge of the “terrible reality” facing a critically ill baby at the centre of a life-support treatment case.
The specialist on Monday told Mr Justice Peel that seven-month-old Indi Gregory, who is being treated in Nottingham, was “dying”.
He said keeping her on a ventilator would “prolong matters”.
The doctor said staff treating Indi – who has mitochondrial disease, a genetic condition that saps energy from the body’s cells – at the Queen’s Medical Centre in Nottingham had done the best they could and were “very sad”.
Indi’s parents Dean Gregory and Claire Staniforth, who are both in their 30s and from Ilkeston, Derbyshire, want treatment to continue.
Mr Justice Peel is considering evidence at a private trial in the Family Division of the High Court in London.
“She is a little girl we have tried to treat to the best of our abilities.”
He added: “The terrible reality is that she is dying.”
The doctor said “further ventilation” would “prolong matters”.
Bosses at Nottingham University Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust, who have responsibility for Indi’s care, have asked the judge to make decisions.
She has told how Indi has a “devastating neurometabolic disorder”, which is “exceptionally rare”.
Mr Justice Peel is considering evidence behind closed doors but has 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.
The specialist described himself as an “expert” in the treatment of seriously ill children.
He told Mr Justice Peel that on the unit where he was based there were “15 to 20” deaths a year.
The doctor said staff dealt with “child life cases almost on a monthly basis”.
He said Indi’s case was “really difficult”.
The doctor told Mr Justice Peel that on one day Indi had “nine episodes of resuscitation to keep her alive”.