Alta Fixsler’s parents have appealed to Manchester University NHS Foundation Trust (MFT) to allow their two-year-old daughter to come home and spend the rest of her life with her family.
Mr. and Mrs. Fixsler have fought an extended legal battle to try to prevent the Trust from withdrawing life support from Alta, against their wishes. Despite support from top-level politicians in both the U.S. and Israel, and offers from Israeli and American hospitals to care for Alta, the court ruling that “it is in Alta’s best interests… for the treatment to be withdrawn” has not been overturned.
Now, the Fixslers have gone public with their request for Alta to be allowed to pass away at home, with her family.
Mr. Avrohom Fixsler said, “Alta should be in our house for the last moments of her life. Give us our last wishes, to be with our child in our own comfort zone, in our house.”
However, according to Mr. Fixsler, the Trust said that the Fixslers’ Salford flat is not suitable for Alta, despite them having backup care available from a local specialist children’s hospice. The Fixslers have appealed to Prime Minister Boris Johnson and Health Secretary Sajid Javid “to intervene and request the Trust reconsider their position.”
Mr. Fixsler said, “We, as parents, want to feel that we can bring Alta home, to our house, and spend the time with her, as long as we can. This was our wishes from day one and we want to do it – it’s quite a normal thing to ask.
“We are connected to her, me and my wife and my eldest child, who is always asking ‘When is Alta coming home?’ We feel the same love that we feel for our older child, who is healthy and a very sweet boy.”
A spokesperson for the Trust said, “We recognize that this is an incredibly difficult and distressing time for Alta’s family, and we will continue to support them. Due to patient confidentiality, it would be inappropriate to comment further.”