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Family lose case to move disabled daughter to new hospital

Alta Fixsler in a hospital bed
Alta Fixsler in a hospital bed Image credit:

A family has been unsuccessful in the attempt to receive support from the European Court of Human Rights (ECHR) so they can move their disabled daughter to another hospital in a second country.

Two-year-old Alta Fixsler has been on a life support machine at Manchester’s Royal Children’s Hospital since she was born.

Alta is unable to breathe on her own accord or eat by herself.

In May the High Court stated the child could be placed into palliative care or have her life-sustaining treatment stopped.

The parents have appealed to move Alta to a hospital in America or Israel for further treatment, but on Wednesday, August 4, they lost their case.

Their lawyer David Foster told listeners to BBC Radio 4’s Today programme the Strictly Orthodox family believe the UK had not accepted their religious beliefs.

“It is a case of the court doing what is in the best interest of the child,” said Foster.

“One of the points the parents were keen to make is that the child has been in this stable condition for two years and therefore moving the child in this case to Israel would not cause her any greater harm or difficulty.”

He added:”It’s still the case that agreement may be reached.

“We obviously hope that will happen.”

The Fixsler family are now “considering the position at the moment.”