Nigerian With Leukemia Devastated As UK Denies Donor Brother A Visa

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June 3rd, 2016 – Nigerian With Leukaemia Devastated As UK Denies Donor Brother A Visa

Isaac Aganozor, a caretaker a Dulwich College,  a public in London has launched a desperate appeal to the Home Office to allow his brother to visit the UK from Nigeria for a life-saving bone-marrow transplant.  Aganozor was diagnosed with leukaemia in August and needs an urgent stem cell transplant from his brother Patrick, who lives with his family in Nigeria.

Patrick, a tricycle courier who earns £2.30 a day, was refused a visa to enter the UK as he did not meet economic requirements. This was despite the £36,000-a-year school offering to sponsor his month-long “mercy mission” and pay £1,500 for his return flight.

His brother Isaac, 44, who lives in Sydenham Hill, is being given regular high-dose chemotherapy sessions at St Bartholomew’s hospital but has been told that “time is running out”.

A search of the national donor database revealed that Patrick, 38, is a 50 per cent match for his brother, and the only realistic hope of his receiving the stem cells in time. Despite a letter from hospital specialists detailing Patrick’s status as the “only available matching donor for the urgent stem cell transplant”, he was refused a visa in April.

A rejection letter from the British High Commission in Lagos, seen by the Standard, reads:

“You have stated your brother has acute myeloid leukaemia and you are to be a stem cell donor. I must take into account your personal socio-economic circumstances in Nigeria when reaching my decision. I note that you are a tricycle driver earning £69 a month in Nigeria but you state you have £1,500 for this trip.
“Given your limited economic circumstances in Nigeria I am not satisfied that these provide you with an incentive to leave the UK at the end of your stay as claimed.”
Mr Aganozor, who has been off sick from work since December, said there is no danger that his brother will try to stay in the UK after the transplant as he has to care for his four-year-old daughter and ailing mother in Lagos.He said:
“I was so happy when I found out that my brother was a match. But when his application was rejected it was a bigger shock than getting told I had leukaemia in the first place. The immigration officers didn’t consider my health, only economics. It is incredibly frustrating to know that the solution that could save my life is only six hours away by plane. I feel the sickness inside me, I don’t know what to do. My life is gradually slipping away.”
Simon Yiend, chief operating officer at Dulwich College, where Mr Aganozor has worked since April last year, said: “Isaac is a quietly spoken, hard-working man who gets on with his job incredibly well. I’m appalled by the Home Office’s decision.
“It is essentially because Patrick is a poor man that he can’t come across to do the only thing he wants to do — save his brother’s life.

“I understand the concerns around immigration and people who want to take advantage of our system, but Patrick wants to go back to his family in Nigeria straight after the operation.

[Credit: Evening Standard UK]

10 thoughts on “Nigerian With Leukemia Devastated As UK Denies Donor Brother A Visa

  1. He shld be allowed to go and save his brother first then be watched after the surgery. this u.k self their own is too much

  2. Typical of British Government this is what they do to innocent and genuine people who actually needs help of his brother. What is in their bloody country anyway that they are playing God? One person will not difference to their immigration status they should be more worried about EU migrant!

  3. This is wickedness dished out behind economic concerns. They should reach an agreement with the brothers that if the donor brother refuses to go back to Nigeria or disappears into thin air after treatment, then the sick brother himself would be deported back to Nigeria. It is that simple.

  4. The story cannot just end like that, is that all there is to it?

    One of My problem with Nigeria Authority is that they dont know how to fight for their own citizen especially if the person in question is a Christian.

    That is why we said, since we are always denied that sense of belonging from all angles, we need to stand on our own and leave them alone with their Nigeria. A fact that is already settled in Heaven above.

    I take a stroll…

  5. You cannot change the mindset of these white folks because they see us as economic migrants. In order to deal with white people, you have to be more better them. If they cannot benefit anything from you, they don’t deal with you. Prior to our independence, if you are a Nigerian and you want to visit UK, you only need flight ticket because you have to get your VISA at the point of entry even till 1979. They issue you ViSA after you might have arrived in UK. I have an aunt who still holding such VISA on her passport. All these rubbish started after 2nd republic when our economy was destroyed under Sheu Shagari administration. Let me digress a little bit, this is one of humiliation that our politician are subjecting us to because our Country is not well structure economically, most of our young folks are exiting this Country in seeking for greener pasture because some moron have ruin our nation. If we can think out of the box, we don’t have to travel to London before can get the best health care in this our Country just like Saudi Arabia and others. We can employ the experts from western world and pay them to render that service for us in Nigeria. We really need to think like human being and try to make life comfortable for ourselves. Look at the situation of this young man dying on his sick bed. All he needs is bringing his brother not money. If this guy is a brother to a Governor, a politician or a Minister they would have given him a VISA because they ( UK) knew they will make some money out of him not to talk of stolen Nigerian money in that big wig London account. It is all about money. The only reason why these people are still having relationship with us is about our oil and our stolen money which our politicians have laundered in UK account for developing UK.

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