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Parents lose court fight for seriously ill two-year-old daughter to end her life at home

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A couple have lost a court fight over where life-support treatment could be withdrawn from their seriously ill daughter.

Two-year-old Alta Fixsler, who had a brain injury at birth and has been in hospital since the day she was born, has no chance of recovery, according to doctors.

In May, a judge ruled that it was not in her best interest for Manchester University NHS Foundation Trust to continue life-sustaining treatment. He also concluded she should not be taken to Israel and turned down the parents’ request.

The Fixslers fear missing their daughter's last moments
Image: The Fixslers fear missing their daughter’s last moments

Chaya and Abraham Fixsler argued the decision was against their rights as parents and their faith as Hasidic Jews.

The Fixslers have since been fighting with the care provider to bring Alta back to their home in Salford for the end of her treatment.

But hospital bosses said treatment should be withdrawn in hospital or at a hospice.

On Wednesday, Mr Justice MacDonald, who is based in London and has considered the case at hearings in the Family Division of the High Court, ruled that treatment should be withdrawn in a hospice.

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He outlined his decision in a written ruling following a further, recent hearing, saying he was satisfied it was in Alta’s best interests for the withdrawal of life-sustaining treatment to take place at a children’s hospice.

He added: “I am satisfied that this option best accommodates Alta’s welfare need for specialist care at the end of her life under a reliable, safe and sustainable system of high calibre care protected from disruption, whilst allowing, in so far as possible and consistent with Alta’s best interests, the family and the community to perform the sacred religious obligations of the Orthodox Jewish faith.”

Alta has been in hospital since she was born
Image: Alta has been in hospital since she was born

The hospital is 25 minutes’ drive from the Fixslers’ home and the couple argued that they cannot always visit her when the hospital calls with any concerns.

They worried they may miss the last moments of their daughter’s life if she is not at home with them when treatment ends.

Ms Fixsler previously told Sky News: “I want to take her home, we love her, we want her, and I want to give her everything I can.”