Nearly two lakh people have signed a petition urging the UK Home Office to allow an Indian Woman named Bhavani Espathi to stay in Britain. Bhavani is suffering from a rare disease called Crohn’s Disease. Till now, more than 1, 54,000 people have signed the petition. The petition is started by Martin Mangler, a 31 year old Bhavani’s fiancé, who is a German national based in UK as a volcanologist. The case came into light after the UK Home Office had rejected Bhavani’s application to stay in UK on the basis of human rights.

The petition description reads, “My fiancée Bhavani is seriously ill and has been receiving serious medical treatment. Doctors say she needs to stay here but the Home Office want to deport her to India. They even threatened her with deportation whilst she was unconscious in a coma.  Doctors say her life is at risk if she would be deported. This means the Home Office could be sending her to her death. Will you sign my petition urging the Home Office to make sure she stays?”

Bhavani came to UK nine years ago as a student. After two misdiagnosed operations as a child in India, she got finally diagnosed with Crohn’s disease in the UK. After her studies, she worked in the arts industry in the UK creating a platform for people with chronic illnesses, which has been recognised with the Royal Society of the Arts, the British Council, and the Arts Council England.

Crohn’s disease is an inflammatory bowel disease (IBD). It causes inflammation of your digestive tract, which can lead to abdominal pain, severe diarrhea, fatigue, weight loss and malnutrition.

Crohn’s Disease

Crohn’s disease is an inflammatory bowel disease (IBD). It causes inflammation of your digestive tract, which can lead to abdominal pain, severe diarrhea, fatigue, weight loss and malnutrition. The inflammation caused by Crohn’s disease often spreads deep into the layers of affected bowel tissue. Crohn’s disease can be both painful and debilitating, and sometimes may lead to life-threatening complications.

What’s shocking is that the Home Office has admitted that Bhavani will not get as good care in India as in UK. “Doctors say her life is at risk if she would be deported. This means the Home Office could be sending her to her death. The Home Office have admitted that she wouldn’t get as good care in India, and pointed out that she could get ‘palliative care’ instead,”, the petition reads. For the Crohn’s disease, Bhavani needs an immunosuppressant, which according to her fiancée, is currently unavailable in India.

“That’s why she is currently on a drip to gain weight so that she can survive the next surgeries. She can’t travel at all and the surgeons say that it is of “vital importance” that her care continued to be coordinated and performed here in the UK.”

The Home Officer has however, stated that her case is being reviewed again after they were made aware of the fresh evidences in March. “After Bhavani needed surgery last September there were severe complications and she barely survived. She will need more surgeries to get better again, because her stomach never closed properly – but right now she is too weak to even receive surgery. That’s why she is currently on a drip to gain weight so that she can survive the next surgeries. She can’t travel at all and the surgeons say that it is of “vital importance” that her care continued to be coordinated and performed here in the UK.” he adds.

He urges people to sign the petition as the home office is now reviewing their application and signing the petition will put them more pressure. You too can sign the petition here: http://chng.it/vv2GpwvBNx

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