Alta suffers from brain impairment so severe, doctors initially predicted she would only live a few hours after her birth.
Yet here she is, two-and-a-half years later.
Hashem's Unending Kindness via her frum parents' tremendous love & investment in her care enabled this miracle.
Disturbingly, a British court ruled that Alta must be removed from her current life support system & transferred to palliative care, which focuses not on keeping a patient alive, but making the patient feeling physically comfortable—whether they continue to live or not.
Essentially, this means a death sentence for Alta.
Because the British court felt Alta stands no chance of improvement, including breathing or eating on her own, they made this decision with "immense sadness."
However, at least one (maybe both?) of Alta's parents is an Israeli citizen & Israeli hospitals are willing to treat Alta in accordance with the Torah value of keeping her alive.
Alta's parents volunteered to transfer Alta to Eretz Yisrael at THEIR own expense.
In other words, British tax-payers need not foot the bill.
The transfer to a hospital in Eretz Yisrael is also low-risk.
However, the court so far refuses to allow this.
In fact, the court even refuses to allow Alta's parents to treat her (at their own expense) at home!
It all sounds irrational because, short of a miracle, the court decision will end Alta's life chas v'shalom, so why do they care how her parents decide to treat her condition?
And one article claimed the judge held the opinion she was not Jewish because she never had the opportunity to practice her religion—a view which goes against the very fundamentals of Jewish identity.
I'm not sure of exact details because different articles contradict one another, but the bare facts remain the same:
Little Alta risks being cut off from her life support in England.
Her parents & Israeli hospitals are ready to treat her in Eretz Yisrael.
The British court ruled against further life support or moving Alta to any place willing to treat her according to Jewish Law & her parents' wishes.
Alta & her family need our tefillot & support.
A court appeal is coming up on June 16, 2021:
A petition has been started to petition the government authorities in the UK, the USA, and Israel.
The goal is 35,000 signatures. At this writing, they already reached close to 32,000.
You can add your signature here (it was surprisingly easy to do):
Apparently, Rav Kanievsky ruled that everything possible must be done to bring Alta to Eretz Yisrael because it is saving a life.
While Judaism adjures us to help others as much as possible, including relieving their suffering as much as possible, Judaism also emphasizes the vital importance of every second of life—even when that life seems to lack "quality."
We don't know the cheshbonot of Heaven and we don't know what process the soul is going through when the body is in a vegetative state.
After waking from a month-long coma after a motorcycle accident, my husband's nephew first requested tefillin—despite being secular.
Later, he described how an angel took him to a flight of steps and proceeded to go up or down (can't remember which) the steps, the angel accompanying him the entire time and explaining things to him throughout the "journey." (He didn't say or couldn't remember what the angel told him.)
When they finally completed the stairs, that's when the young man woke up from the coma.
So we see from this that some kind of process occurs for the soul even when a person is physically & mentally unresponsive.
Furthermore, Alta could improve to the point of wholly functional living. One comment on the petition related how 25 years ago, doctors had given up on her—yet now she is married with children.
May Hashem please grant Alta bat Chaya a complete refuah & a full yeshua.