De­ported man dies af­ter leav­ing NZ

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A man who was or­dered to leave New Zealand while wait­ing for a kid­ney trans­plant has died in Fiji.

Sanil Ku­mar fea­tured in the Cen­tral Leader in Fe­bru­ary. He died on Mon­day af­ter con­tract­ing an in­fec­tion, Labour MP Ra­jen Prasad says.

The 30-year-old had been liv­ing in West Auck­land and left New Zealand on April 24, when faced with a de­por­ta­tion or­der and fiveyear ban.

He was orig­i­nally from Fiji and moved to New Zealand in 2010. His work visa was de­clined last July af­ter he de­vel­oped re­nal dis­ease.

Ku­mar’s fam­ily raised more than $120,000 of the $130,000 needed for a trans­plant, through fundrais­ers, raf­fles and do­na­tions.

His cousins had agreed to be donors.

Ku­mar was on peri­toneal dial­y­sis in New Zealand but could only ac­cess hae­modial­y­sis in Fiji.

His fam­ily said in an in­ter­view in Jan­uary that most pa­tients on hae­modial­y­sis died be­cause of un­con­trol­lably high in­fec­tion rates.

As­so­ciate Im­mi­gra­tion Min­is­ter Nikki Kaye said that be­fore mak­ing the de­ci­sion that Ku­mar should leave, she re­ceived ad­vice from the Min­istry of Health that ap­pro­pri­ate dial­y­sis ser­vices were avail­able in Fiji.

‘‘Im­mi­gra­tion

de­ci­sions, par­tic­u­larly those that in­volve health con­di­tions such as in Mr Ku­mar’s case, are com­plex and in­volve con­sid­er­a­tion of a range of fac­tors. I am very con­scious when con­sid­er­ing im­mi­gra­tion cases of the po­ten­tial im­pact to people’s lives,’’ Kaye says.

She ex­tended her con­do­lences to Ku­mar’s fam­ily and friends.

Prasad says Ku­mar’s death was a tragedy.

‘‘I am par­tic­u­larly sad that New Zealand could not ex­tend com­pas­sion to Sanil in his hour of need,’’ Prasad says.

‘‘I can’t see what would have been the harm to New Zealand if Sanil had been al­lowed to go through his pro­ce­dure here.’’

Photo: MON­ICA TISCHLER

Fam­ily sup­port: Sanil Ku­mar with his cousins Asheelta Ku­mar, left, and Ashika Au­jla, who were happy to be kid­ney donors. He died in Fiji on Mon­day.

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