There has been a terrible development in the case of Rifqa Bary. According to Rifqa, she has been diagnosed with advanced uterine cancer
I ask all Atlas readers to put Rifqa in their prayers.
While this is a tragedy, how she is being victimized by her lawyers and her parents is an atrocity. Her lawyers kept her in the dark about her condition – cancer – for well over a week, while they conferred with her parents and their CAIR appointed lawyers about her treatment. While most cases like this result in a hysterectomy, she is only having the advanced malignancy removed. From what I understand, the survival rate in cases like these is 5%. Her surgery is Thursday. Pray.
Was she allowed to get a second opinion? No.
While she was lying ill, her lawyers brought her parents to her hospital bed. She was strapped in for treatment and became very agitated and upset, and they had to be removed. She has broken her silence, a silence mandated by her lawyers, that she could not talk to her friends such as Jamal Jivanjee and those of us who have been unwavering in our support for Rifqa Bary’s civil rights and religious liberty.
Now she is scared. Her entire legal strategy was directed at keeping her safe and securing her immigration status, and here we are at the end of May and she has no immigration status. Upon her birthday in August 2010, she will be an illegal alien, in need of serious chemotherapy and cancer treatment. This is a horror.
UPDATE: Sending cards and letters would provide succor. Rifqa Bary c/o Angela Lloyd 255C Drinko Hall 55 West 12th Avenue Columbus, OH 43210
UPDATE: Posted by Jamal on Facebook earlier today
Dear friends & supporters of Rifqa Bary,
It is with a heavy heart that I come to you this morning. I know that it has been quite a while since my last update regarding Rifqa Bary. In addition to her ongoing legal and immigration setbacks, I’m afraid that I do have some bad news to report. Rifqa has been diagnosed with a very aggressive form of uterus cancer. The symptoms and health complications that are associated with this cancer materialized and are what led to its detection. Rifqa has already had 2 surgeries at this point, and she is getting ready to undergo a third surgery which will be occurring this Thursday, May 27’th.
I am writing this to you because this is not a time for silence regarding Rifqa’s life and situation. I am very thankful for many of you who have not ceased to pray and ask questions about her situation. Her situation is very serious, and she will need the help of many people in the weeks and months ahead. As you know, Rifqa will be 18 in less than 3 months. Many people have thought that her eighteenth birthday would be a cause of celebration because she would be free of the immediate threat of being placed under the control of her devout Muslim parents. (As you know, Rifqa fled for her life as a result of the threat that she was facing because of her conversion from Islam to Christianity. According to numerous Islamic teachings, leaving Islam is an offence punishable by death.) As it is currently looking, Rifqa will be facing many challenges when she turns 18 on August 10’th.
In addition to Rifqa’s legal challenges that have yet to be resolved, she will now be confronted with serious health issues that will require aggressive medical attention. As soon as Rifqa heals from the major surgery that she will undergo this Thursday, it is expected that she will need to undergo several rounds of chemotherapy. Although she has been diagnosed with an aggressive form of cancer, the extent of her condition will be known after this Thursday’s surgery.
When Rifqa turns 18, she will no longer be under the care of the state of Ohio. I am asking you to not forget about her situation. She will need the strong support of many people in the months ahead. Again, this is not a time for silence. This is the time for all those who have been called to support her to come to her aid. The first step is to inform you about what is occurring. This is why I am breaking the virtual ‘gag order’ that has been placed around Rifqa’s situation.
If you are a Christian, I would like to ask you to do something very special for Rifqa. I would like to ask you to set aside some time this week to pray and fast for Rifqa’s situation and for her upcoming surgery occurring this Thursday May 27’th. I know many already are. Rifqa is in desperate need of an army of supporters to know about what is occurring regarding her situation, and to pray for her healing. I am a strong believer in the power of prayer because I am convinced that God sovereignly works out His victories, and accomplishes justice through the prayers of people. As soon as I am aware of the outcome of the surgery, I will do my best to inform you of what I know.
Thank you again for standing with Rifqa during this difficult season of her life,