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Cancer scare for West Hampstead mum Nazanin Zaghari-Ratcliffe in Iran jail

PUBLISHED: 12:55 13 November 2017 | UPDATED: 14:23 13 November 2017

Boris Johnson is being urged to reunite the Ratcliffe family for Christmas.  Picture: RICHARD RATCLIFFE

Boris Johnson is being urged to reunite the Ratcliffe family for Christmas. Picture: RICHARD RATCLIFFE

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Jailed West Hampstead mum Nazanin Zaghari Ratcliffe has been rushed from her prison cell to hospital in Iran facing a Cancer scare.

Nazanin’s husband Richard Ratcliffe has revealed that his wife was taken from Evin Prison to a specialist in Tehran on Saturday for an urgent ultrasound after lumps were discovered on her breasts.

The health scare comes as Richard urged Boris Johnson to allow him to accompany the foreign secretary on a trip to Tehran to see his wife in Evin prison and visit his daughter Gabriella, who is trapped in Iran with her grandparents.

In a 20 minute phone call with Mr Johnson yesterday, Richard reports that the foreign secretary agreed to meet him face to face and would look seriously at the prospect of them going together on a trip to Iran.

This would be the first time Richard has seen his wife or daughter since they were arrested at Tehran airport by the Iranian Revolutionary Guard on April 3 2016 with Nazanin being given a five-year sentence accused of plotting against the Iranian regime and Gabriella having her passport confiscated.

Since then, as reported in the Ham&High, Richard has been campaigning tirelessly for his wife’s release.

The revelations about Nazanin’s health come after a week which has seen the Ratcliffe family at the top of the news agenda after Mr Johnson made a gaffe by wrongly stating publicly that she was training journalists in Iran - which could see her sentence doubled.

She was infact arrested while visiting her parents for a family holiday.

Mr Johnson’s comments were used as proof by the Iranian Judiciary that she was plotting against Iran.

Accountant Richard, of Fortune Green Road, said Nazanin had discovered the lumps after complaining of sharp stabbing pains in her breasts for some months He said the past week had also taken its toll on his wife’s mental state.

“Nazanin reports feeling continually restless and out of focus, unable to concentrate on things like reading. This weekend she again suggested she is on the verge of a nervous breakdown – a perpetual sense of not knowing what to do,”

Nazanin was arrested at Tehran airport on a return journey to London after a family holiday with her daughter Gabriella in April last year.

The judiciary have threatened to extend her sentence as a result of the Foreign Secretary’s comments.

Richard said: “So that this is clear – for the media, government and particularly for authorities in Iran – as Nazanin’s husband, I do not believe it is in Nazanin’s interests for there to be any resignations.”

Mr Johnson’s gaffe has resulted in growing pressure for the foreign secretary to resign, but Richard believes this will not help his wife’s case. “So that this is clear – for the media, government and particularly for authorities in Iran – as Nazanin’s husband, I do not believe it is in Nazanin’s interests for there to be any resignations.”

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