Beautiful 19-Year-Old Christian Teen in England Dies after Court Denies Her Access to Lifesaving Healthcare

“The Thirumalesh family had been bullied, gagged and intimated by England’s NHS and Court of Protection into silence that even prevented them from sharing her name with friends. She could only be referred to as JT.”

Say Her Name! Sudiksha Thirumalesh!

A 19-year-old Christian teenage woman, died after a court prevented her from seeking experimental treatment abroad. A court order in England wouldn’t even allow for her name to be mentioned publicly until after she died to avoid public scrutiny. Only now is her family allowed to speak out.

The devastated Thirumalesh family; Chellamal Hemachandran, Revathi Malesh, and her brother Varshan Chellamal, were under a strict court order that prevented them from publicly naming Sudiksha for over a year. The restriction was finally lifted late last week by a ruling at the Family Division of the High Court.

Sudiksha’s brother, Varshan Chellamal Thirumalesh, whom loved his sister dearly, said the family had been “gagged” and “intimidated.”

“After a year of struggle and heartache we can finally say our beautiful daughter and sister’s name in public without fear: she is Sudiksha. She is Sudiksha Thirumalesh not ST.

“Despite our grief and the continuing shock over everything we have been through, today a part of us is at peace. Sudiksha was a wonderful daughter and sister who we will cherish forever. We cannot imagine life without her.

“We seek justice for Sudiksha today, and for others in her situation,” he sadly concluded.

Sudiksha’s case was similar to those of Charlie Gard, Alfie Evans, and Archie Battersbee. They too were denied lifesaving by the Court of Protection. Unlike the other cases however, Sudiksha was fully conscious and alert.

In her final months, Sudiksha was seeking permission to go to Canada for experimental nucleoside treatment for a rare genetic disease- mitochondrial. The NHS Court of Protection had barred her and her family from even being allowed to even raise funds for her treatment, speaking to friends about it, and could only be referred to as ST. The Courts stated that she [Sudiksha] lacked the capacity to make such decisions on her own.

Sudiksha was completely able to communicate throughout her entire illness, and all that she ever requested was to “die trying to live.” But the court’s rulings kept her from doing so.

Sudiksha’s legal team argued basic fundamental rights before the courts for her right to live and seek treatment abroad. However, Justice Roberts had ruled that Sudiksha did not have the capacity to make decisions about her own treatment, despite evidence to the contrary from two psychiatrists.

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Joseph Menslage

As the President and Publisher of Katy and Fort Bend Christian Magazines, Joe Menslage is committed to covering social and political news from a Christian worldview. He founded Katy Christian Magazine in 2005, which swept the greater Houston and Katy areas like a storm. That’s when Joe realized the urgent need for publications willing to give voices to the voiceless, without political correctness or censorship. Joe Menslage founded sister-publication Fort Bend Christian Magazine in 2014. Prior to creating Katy Christian Magazine, Joe Menslage led a colorful life. He was born in Lake Charles, Louisiana, spent a great deal of his childhood in Colorado, and lived in a couple of other states before he moved to Houston in 1981. Joe was God-gifted with an entrepreneurial mind, and self-started other business ventures before he found his calling. In Joe’s words, our innate talents are given by the Lord, and are meant to be used to serve the Lord. Aside from being a President and Publisher, Joe Menslage is also the co-founder of Katy Christian Chamber of Commerce, where Christians can network, build business connections, listen to passionate speakers, and enjoy monthly breakfasts and lunches. Joe Menslage also hosts a weekly political satire YouTube channel. Joe Menslage has four children. Outside of work, he enjoys hiking, watching zombie movies and K dramas, ax-throwing and Krav Maga.