Stop the (fatal) deportation of 13 year old Dedra Crichton and allow her, as the daughter of a 12yr serving Royal Navy sailor to stay in the UK to have her life saving cancer treatment.
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Royal Navy Petty Officer Roamel Crichton's daughter Dedra, 13, is battling bone cancer, the teenager lives on the Caribbean island of St Vincent where her father was born. British citizen Mr Crichton rushed Dedra back to UK for urgent treatment, but But officials booked her a flight home saying she was not entitled to NHS treatment.
During his 12-year Royal Navy career, he has patrolled war zones and rescued drowning migrants. But when Roamel Crichton’s teenage daughter desperately needed help in her fight against cancer, officials responded by preparing to deport her. Dedra Crichton, 13, who lives on the Caribbean island of St Vincent where her father was born, needs emergency surgery and chemotherapy after being diagnosed with bone cancer last month.
Despite initially being assured by medics that they would help Dedra, her planned surgery was abruptly cancelled and officials said she would instead be sent home as soon as possible because they had discovered she was not entitled to NHS treatment. Mr Crichton was told on Monday that Dedra would be flown back to St Vincent at the first opportunity.
He was granted emergency leave to return to St Vincent where Dedra is looked after by her maternal grandparents. When Mr Crichton arrived, he was told Dedra was in ‘urgent need’ of chemotherapy and surgery not available in St Vincent.
The pair flew into Gatwick last Wednesday, but Dedra was stopped by immigration officials who took her passport and said she would have to return to the island within a week because she was not a British citizen.
Whilst I appreciate there has been misuse by tourist patients of our NHS and it is rightly cracking down, this father has served this UK in the military for 12 yrs and his dying daughter is being deported and denied the human right to live. Common sense is a flower not found in every garden and certainly, it would seem is not to be found here in the Government's cold treatment of this clearly 'special case'
What I find hard to ratify is, the speed at which this dying girl has been deported when her father has served and defended this country, she will most likely die without this treatment, and after her death it will be too late to discuss her human rights and whether she should have been treated as a 'special case', YET, Alleged terrorist Abu Qatada was allowed to remain here for years, appealing against deportation.
SADLY, THAT IS TIME DEDRA DOES NOT HAVE, SHE NEEDS TREATMENT NOW, let's discuss the small print after the treatment, DURING HER LIFE, NOT AFTER HER DEATH. That is the very least this country owes A FATHER WHO HAS PUT HIS LIFE ON THE FIRING LINE FOR THE FREEDOM OF EVERY SINGLE BRITISH CITIZEN.
PLEASE SIGN THIS PETITION NOW WHILE SHE CAN STILL BE OPERATED ON AND SAVE THIS YOUNG DAUGHTERS LIFE, who knows what she might grow up to be and offer the world, given the chance, a pediatric surgeon maybe, maybe not but lets ensure she has a future. right now she is only staring death in the face.
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