Rep. Zeldin Statement in Support of Alta Fixsler Calling for Her to be Transferred to the US or Israel for Treatment | Congressman Lee Zeldin

Rep. Zeldin Statement in Support of Alta Fixsler Calling for Her to be Transferred to the US or Israel for Treatment

August 9, 2021
Press Release

PATCHOGUE, NY - Congressman Lee Zeldin (R, NY-1) just issued the following statement regarding a European Court of Human Rights’ decision to allow a United Kingdom hospital to go forward with an order to end two year-old Alta Fixsler’s life against the wishes of her parents by taking her off life support. Alta is a two year-old Jewish girl who has suffered from a severe brain injury since she was born eight weeks premature in 2018:

“It is not up to doctors and European judges to determine that this young girl has no right to continue fighting for her life. Alta Fixsler’s parents are Hasidic and the sanctity of life is at the heart of their deeply held religious convictions. Decisions about Alta’s future should be determined by the people who know and love her the most. If British doctors and hospitals refuse to provide Alta the care she needs, her family should not be stopped from traveling to the United States or Israel, where further medical options can be explored and the sanctity of her life and religious liberty will be valued. While transferring Alta will be complicated and dangerous, the stubbornness and inhumanity of the hospital and the courts have left no other options in the efforts to save this young girl’s life.”

Alta Fixsler has been at the Manchester University NHS Foundation Trust since birth. Alta’s father is also a United States citizen.