A petition has been launched asking Home Secretary Theresa May to use her powers to stop deportation of a recovering transplant patient.
Roseline Akhalu arrived in the UK in September 2004 from Nigeria on a student visa, to study for a Masters’ Degree at Leeds University.
She unexpectedly developed end stage renal failure in 2005 and remained on dialysis until she was fortunate enough to receive a kidney transplant at St. James Hospital, Leeds in July 2009.
Roseline has applied for leave to remain in the UK but has been refused, and the UK Border Agency is threatening to deport her.
Her consultant has stated that unless Roseline is able to continue taking immunosuppressant drugs which are costly and unavailable in parts of Nigeria, her transplanted kidney will fail and she would have to resort to dialysis again –a treatment she could not afford. Without this she will die.
Roseline has never been allowed to work and has been supported since 2007 by parishioners from St. Augustine’s RC Church, Harehills and the St. Vincent de Paul Society.
Roseline is loved and respected by her fellow parishioners and many people in the wider community who have formed close friendships with her over the past four years. In spite of her health problems, Roseline has volunteered tirelessly in the parish and is actively involved in a number of community based groups.
The UK’s National Kidney Foundation called Roseline’s situation “cruel and unjust.” It said that her deportation case severely undermines the life of a transplant patient, stands in the way of medical resources, and jeopardizes the trust and purpose of the entire kidney transplant system.
Model letter to the Home Secretary
Roseline Akhalu’s legal team has prepared a model letter you can sign and send to the Home Secretary. You are free to change it as appropriate.
Please copy all letters to firstname.lastname@example.org for Rose’s legal team. “It would be fantastic if we could really flood the Home Secretary with letters so she gets some idea of the strength of feeling about her decision,” Roseline Akhalu’s legal team says.
To email please use the following addresses:
Rt. Hon Theresa May, MP
Secretary of State for the Home Office,
2 Marsham St London SW1P 4DF
Fax: 0207 035 4745
Please mention Roseline Akhalu’s Home Office Reference Number in all correspondence – A1344782
Dear Home Secretary
HO Ref No A1344782
I am writing to express my shock and disbelief at your decision not to grant compassionate leave to remain to kidney transplant patient Roseline Akhalu. The representations made by her MP, Greg Mulholland; The Right Reverend John Packer, Bishop of Ripon and Leeds; the National Kidney Federation; the Joint Chair of the All Party Parliamentary Kidney Group; Rose’s consultants and well over a thousand petitioners should have convinced you of the grave threat to life that would inevitably follow her return to Nigeria where neither she nor her family have the means to provide the necessary drugs to keep her kidney functioning.
Furthermore, the exceptional and unique nature of this case has understandably generated considerable public sympathy around the world for Rose’s plight. I and Rose’s fellow supporters are outraged that this well-loved member of her local parish and community will now have to persuade the courts to uphold a right to life that you seem prepared to deny.
Please rest assured that I will continue to support Rose in her brave campaign to honour the wish of the donor and their family that this precious gift of life should not be wasted.