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British docs defy UK Govt orders

Doctors at a London hospital step in to offer treatment to Zarina Rentia, suffering from a rare disease, in defiance of a deportation order served on her, reports Vijay Dutt.

india Updated: Feb 24, 2008 02:53 IST

In an extraordinary move, a London hospital has decided to treat an Indian teenager suffering from a one-in-a-million disease in defiance of a deportation order served on her.



Zarina Rentia, a 15-year-old girl suffering from the bone marrow disease Fanconi-Bickel Syndrome (FBS), was under deportation orders, having overstayed in Britain, when doctors at the University College London Hospital (UCH) stepped in on Friday to offer treatment.



Meanwhile, the ruling disallowing the visa extension of Zarine, whose application for extension of her visa to enable her to get the treatment, had angered and anguished the Indian community in whole of Britain).



However, the campaign by 2000-odd people, including the local constituency MP where she had settled with her mother when they came in 2004, has now been called off.



The chief of the campaign told

HT

that the Court of Appeal has as yet not decided whether to admit the review application or not and until then Zarine is being “given emergency treatment in a good London hospital”.



Leaders of the Rentia Family Anti-Deportation Campaign were celebrating after the hospital decision. “We are delighted but this should never have happened in the first place,” said Celine Barry, chair of the campaign.



The Immigration Judge ordering her deportation had said that although she was sympathetic to Zarine, “but was not satisfied that Zarine’s symptoms cannot be treated in India”.



She had been undergoing treatment at the well-known Great Ormond Street Hospital, that specialises in the treatment of children but was discharged earlier this month.