Israel has appealed to Matt Hancock to allow two-year-old suffering from irreversible brain damage to be treated in Tel Aviv.
The plea comes after UK doctors got permission to turn off life support treatment against the wishes of the girl’s ultra-Orthodox Jewish parents.
Alta Fixsler was born in the United Kingdom and sustained brain damage during birth, and she’s been hooked up to a ventilator at the Royal Children’s Hospital ever since, with her doctors saying that she can’t breathe, eat or drink without sophisticated medical treatment.
Manchester University NHS Foundation Trust, which has responsibility for her care, asked a High Court judge to determine whether it was in Alta Fixsler’s best interests to remove life-sustaining treatment and put her on a palliative care regime.
Lawyers representing the trust told the court that there was no chance of her ever getting better.
Her parents say their faith means they can’t agree to measures that would lead to her death and want to take her to a hospital in Israel, where they’re citizens.
Last month, a High Court judge ordered that it was in Alta Fixsler’s best interests for the treatment that’s currently supporting her precious life now to be removed.
However, Israeli Health Minister Yuli Edelstein has now appealed to the British government through his counterpart, Matt Hancock, to reverse the judgment after being notified of Alta Fixsler’s parents’ plea that she be treated in Israel.
The hospital has petitioned the Supreme Court for permission to disconnect Alta Fixsler from the device to which she’s connected, which will result in her death.
According to a legal opinion attached to the request on behalf of the family members, and according to Israeli law, which is acceptable in their opinion. In cases where the parents oppose the suspension of medical treatment that could lead to the child’s death and that life expectancy surpasses six months, medical treatment must not stop.
Alta’s parents are Orthodox Jews and Israeli citizens, living their lives according to Hebrew law, and they’re interested in transferring Alta to one of the two hospitals in Israel that have expressed a willingness to treat her.
The High Court’s current situation is that a transfer to a hospital in Israel should be denied because Alta’s suffering shouldn’t be prolonged.
Alta’s parents will find out by tomorrow if they’re entitled to appeal the High Court’s judgment, and if Israel believes that they can do better, there’s no harm in letting them try, as long as they don’t give the parents false hope.
Parent’s wishes should always overrule decisions made in the UK courts, but that doesn’t happen because it’s deemed a burden to the UK taxpayer and that there’s no cruelty involved, which in this case, there may well be, but generally, it’s nearly always about money and how much it’s going to cost the taxpayer, and there’s usually no compassion, which makes us all cold-hearted reptiles.