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Parents of brain damaged girl enlist US and Israeli politicians to maintain treatment as legal options run out

BMJ 2021; 374 doi: (Published 06 August 2021) Cite this as: BMJ 2021;374:n1969
  1. Clare Dyer
  1. The BMJ

The parents of a two year old girl with serious brain damage have enlisted politicians in the US and Israel to lobby the UK government after exhausting the available legal remedies in their bid to stop doctors withdrawing life sustaining treatment.

Mr Justice MacDonald ruled in the High Court last May that Alta Fixsler, who suffered a severe hypoxic brain injury at birth, has no hope of improvement, that she suffers consistent pain, and that it would be in her best interests to be allowed to die.

She is cared for in a hospital run by Manchester University NHS Foundation Trust, where she is mechanically ventilated with a tracheostomy and fed by a tube. Her parents, Hasidic Jews and Israeli citizens who moved to the UK in 2014, want to take her to a hospital in …

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