UKBA rejects transplant woman’s bid to stay in UK

Home Office has refused to allow a recovering transplant patient to stay in the UK.

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.

Rose had applied for leave to remain in the UK but her application was rejected.

Her lawyers submitted a fresh claim which the UK Border Agency rejected once again. “The UKBA have considered all the submissions Rose has made as a fresh claim. They have decided that there are insufficient factors to justify allowing Rose to remain in the UK. Her application for leave to remain has been refused,” her legal team said. “The judicial review was to challenge the Secretary of State’s decision not to consider a fresh claim so accordingly, there are now no grounds for judicial review.”

Rose’s lawyers are already preparing grounds for an appeal.

Her consultant has stated that unless Rose 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.

Rose 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.

Rose 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, Rose has volunteered tirelessly in the parish and is actively involved in a number of community based groups.

The UK’s National Kidney Foundation called Rose’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.

“Many people are not aware that decisions are taken by their government in their name to return people to their death. If allowed to remain in the UK Rose could live a full and active life and continue to contribute to her local community where she is loved and cared for. If she is returned, she will die,” said Rose’s lawyers.

You are urged to write to the Home Secretary expressing your horror/anger/outrage/distress that she has chosen not to show any compassion but to return someone to their death.

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 [email protected] 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:

[email protected]
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To post:
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.

Yours sincerely



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