The government to put aside immigration law and use compassion for a dying mother
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My mother-in-law, Irene Nel, requires life saving dialysis treatment three times a week, which she gets in the UK and she has been told she has no right to remain in the UK despite having 6 children and 8 grandchildren, all living in the UK as UK Citizens and tax payers, who just want to take care of their mother and gran in her time of need.
We have a social responsibility to take care of our loved ones and we are asking the UK Home Office to use compassion in allowing us to take care of our mother in her time of need. The Home Office has said she is not entitled by law to remain in the UK and is to return back to South Africa with immediate effect where she will die, as there is not dialysis treatment for her due to the South African Government not giving treatment to people over the age of 65, along with her heart condition.
Our mother is 73 years old. We have taken this to court and appealed at a cost of £15,000 in legal costs and it was yet again rejected on the basis of UK immigration law. The judge concluded that compassion could be used in this case, which would not set a precedent in the future and we want the Home Office to use compassion in allowing our mother to stay with her children in the UK.
Her doctor has also stated throughout that Irene is unfit to fly and that a long haul flight “would cause significant suffering” and “a very significant risk to her health”. He is of the opinion that it is “paramount from a medical perspective” that she be allowed to stay and that the ongoing stress of the threat of removal risks further contribute to her physical deterioration – which would shorten her life expectancy further.
We believe that subjecting her to a long haul flight against medical advice would be in breach of her human rights.
We are calling on the Home Office to grant her leave to remain in the UK so we can look after her here and so she can live out her remaining time with us.
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