Premier Giorgia Meloni on Saturday
wrote an open letter, published in The Telegraph, to the parents
of Indi Gregory, the eight-month-old incurably ill British girl
to whom Meloni's government granted Italian citizenship in early
November as part of an unsuccessful bid to keep her alive.
Indi died in the United Kingdom early on November 13 after British doctors turned off her life-support machine.
The Meloni government had tried to bring her to a Rome hospital, the Vatican-owned Bambino Gesù, for treatment but British judges ruled that it was not in her best interests for the life support to continue.
Two government ministers, Family and Equal Opportunities Minister Eugenia Roccella and Disabilities Minister Alessandra Locatelli, attended her funeral in Nottingham Friday.
In her opne letter, Meloni said: "From today she will no longer be in your arms, and you will no longer be able to be enchanted by her smile, but Indi will continue to live, because, as Chiara Corbella Petrillo (an Italian mother known for her Catholic faith as she battled cancer, ed.) taught us, one is born and never dies".
Meloni wrote that Indi lived "a short life, too short, but long enough for your daughter to remind people around the world that every life, every single life, no matter how imperfect it may seem to the world, is a treasure to be treasured".
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