Man faces re­nal fail­ure if sent back to Fiji

Auckland City Harbour News - - NEWS - By MON­ICA TISCHLER

Sanil Ku­mar has just a few weeks to raise funds which could de­ter­mine whether he lives or dies.

The Auck­land man who is orig­i­nally from Fiji and has been work­ing in New Zealand since 2010, had his visa de­clined in July.

Im­mi­gra­tion New Zealand says there are Ki­wis equally suit­able to do his job.

Mr Ku­mar, 30, was di­ag­nosed with re­nal dis­ease this year and re­quires eight-hour peri­toneal dial­y­sis treat­ment ev­ery night while he sleeps.

Im­mi­gra­tion New Zealand has given him un­til De­cem­ber 6 to leave the coun­try, oth­er­wise he’ll be de­ported and won’t be able to re­turn for five years.

It’s a life or death sit­u­a­tion for Mr Ku­mar be­cause the Kid­ney Foun­da­tion of Fiji says peri­toneal dial­y­sis isn’t avail­able in Fiji.

‘‘If I have to go back to Fiji I will die,’’ he says.

The foun­da­tion of Fiji says only haemodial­y­sis is avail­able as the peri­toneal op­tion is costly and most of the pa­tients us­ing it died be­cause of un­con­trol­lably high in­fec­tion rates.

Mr Ku­mar would need an op­er­a­tion to in­sert a catheter in his neck be­fore he could un­dergo haemodial­y­sis and would have to travel six hours from his home in Ba to Suva for four-hour treat­ment three times a week. It’s un­cer­tain how much the op­er­a­tion would cost or how long he would have to wait.

Mr Ku­mar is seek­ing a re­nal trans­plant but it comes at a $130,000 cost he can’t come up with alone so he’s ask­ing the com­mu­nity to help him raise the money.

Re­nal physi­cian Naveed Ahmed says Mr Ku­mar med­i­cally and phys­i­cally to work.

‘‘Al­though he’s on dial­y­sis, he does this in the evenings and overnight, there­fore it would not af­fect his abil­ity to work,’’ he says.

Mr Ku­mar is strug­gling to un­der­stand why Im­mi­gra­tion New Zealand is still not will­ing to com­ply. is fit

‘‘I don’t have much time. I’ve been work­ing in a good job and then some­one who I’ve never seen or met is mak­ing the de­ci­sion that I can’t work,’’ he says.

‘‘There’s not much hope for my fu­ture but hope­fully there’s peo­ple out there to help.’’

Mr Ku­mar is liv­ing with his un­cle who is help­ing with the dial­y­sis costs of $46 a day which equates to more than $17,000 a year.

Fam­ily here and in Fiji have helped raise more than $17,000 sell­ing home-made food and raf­fle tick­ets at com­mu­nity events and there have been do­na­tions from kind­hearted peo­ple.

Mr Ku­mar’s fa­ther and un­cle have even put their land in Fiji on the mar­ket to help pay for costs.

Mr Ku­mar will be el­i­gi­ble to ap­ply for a med­i­cal vis­i­tor visa if he gets a trans­plant.

Im­mi­gra­tion New Zealand area man­ager Michael Car­ley says Mr Ku­mar can ac­cess dial­y­sis in Fiji and his work visa ap­pli­ca­tion was de­clined af­ter a labour mar­ket test found there were New Zealan­ders suit­able or able to be trained for his job as a metal trades worker.

‘‘Im­mi­gra­tion New Zealand also re­ferred Mr Ku­mar’s med­i­cal re­port to an in­de­pen­dent med­i­cal asses­sor to de­ter­mine whether he will meet im­mi­gra­tion health re­quire­ments for any fu­ture visa ap­pli­ca­tions.

‘‘It is im­por­tant that all mi­grants have an ac­cept­able stan­dard of health to min­imise costs and de­mands on New Zealand’s health ser­vices,’’ Mr Car­ley says.

Photo: MON­ICA TISCHLER

Vi­tal help:

Sanil Ku­mar, 30, needs to raise $130,000 for a kid­ney trans­plant oth­er­wise he’ll be de­ported back to Fiji.

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