Half of her face is beautiful. The other half is severely disfigured. A bullet ripped through Ayan's cheekbone when she was just two -- leaving it near impossible for her to eat, drink or close her eye properly. Much of life is a misery.
That was nearly 20 years ago. A team of medical specialists lead by a prominent Brisbane maxillofacial surgeon and a Brisbane Private Hospital, have offered help. Two Brisbane Rotary Clubs have fundraised to cover all additional costs -- However, the Immigration Minister Scott Morrison may still reject Ayan’s Medical visa to allow Ayan to enter Australia for the facial reconstruction surgery she so desperately needs.
Ayan’s second visa application -- specifically to access the facial surgery then return home to Somaliland and to her young daughter -- is now in it’s final stage of assessment. The original visa application was rejected on the grounds that Ayan was seen to be a “non-genuine visitor”: Ayan was shattered by the decision.
Should the Australian Government approve the Visa application – then we can help Ayan enjoy the life she deserves. Australians are ready, willing and able to provide this life-changing support. It would be devastating to let this opportunity slip. Ayan's story has already featured on Channel Ten’s The Project and you can see it by clicking here.
Ayan doesn't have a voice so it is up to us to shout as loudly as we can to help her access the first class medical intervention available here in Brisbane. Please give your voice to Ayan by signing our petition, asking the Australian government to let us help this woman.