Grant Bhavani Esapathi leave to remain so she can live #LetBhavaniLive

Grant Bhavani Esapathi leave to remain so she can live #LetBhavaniLive

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My fiancée Bhavani is seriously ill and has been receiving urgent medical treatment. The 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 the 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, to name a few:

She paid her taxes like you and me, and as a visa holder, she paid even more into the NHS than British citizens – it’s called ‘Immigration Health Surcharge’. The UK has been her home, and it’s also where we have fallen in love and built a life together. When her Crohn’s disease got worse she needed surgery and had to stop working. So she applied to stay, but the Home Office have refused her application. 

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.

As if Bhavani’s condition wasn’t critical enough, this whole process has caused her a lot more stress, which is only making her condition worse. 

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.

The Home Office are reviewing our case, so we need to put as much pressure as possible on them now!

This cruel politics has to end, so that Bhavani can continue to get the care she desperately needs.

Will you sign my petition urging the Home Office to allow Bhavani to stay?

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