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Petition To Stop Deportation Of Irene Nel, 73, To SA And Allow Her Life Saving Dialysis

May 9, 2016

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My mother, 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. UK immigration have 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 yet again rejected on UK immigration law. The judge concluded that compassion could be used in this case, which would not set a law in the future and we want the Home Office to use compassion in allowing our mother to stay with her children in the UK.

The Home Office made an exception for Myrtle Cothill, a 92-year-old woman who was in a similar predicament, and we are asking that they make an exception my mother too.

3 Comments leave one →
  1. Hiram permalink
    May 9, 2016 4:17 am

    I feel for the woman but if we let one stay then we will have to let them all stay.
    How long has she been using our NHS for? There’s not enough money for us British.
    I suggest that the family should sell up here and move to South Africa to look after their gran. If it wasn’t for that terrorist Mandela, she would be having treatment in SA and no need to come to our country.

  2. don permalink
    June 16, 2016 1:13 pm

    while I have some sympathy for your predicament and also of the aforementioned Myrtle Cothill.
    a precedent is attempting to be established and this cannot be allowed to happen
    in Myrtle Cothill case she should have been deported and more importantly as a deterrent to others be seen to have been deported.
    The UK has enough sick people old people as it is!. We cannot become a centre for pensioner health tourism.
    The other point is how long has this been going on and how do you propose to pay the bill for the prior dialysis that has already been carried out?.
    This loss to the general public must be repayed or immediate cessation of any ongoing treatment and immediate deportation instituted.
    Sorry if this sounds harsh but their are a lot of old people who can access the UK visa free and if they then engage in healcare tourism this is completely unacceptable.
    If your family feel strongly I suggest you sell your assets and pick up the medical bills yourself or alternately send her home to South Africa.

  3. Iain Butcher permalink
    July 17, 2016 7:48 pm

    The Mother should have held proper travel insurance before leaving South Africa, the same way we have it before going ski-ing in Austria. A loving daughter would have seen to that. Looks to me as if they brought her here to get free treatment.

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