Mum’s stem cell trans­plant hope af­ter brother visa U-turn

Birmingham Post - - NEWS -

A WAL­SALL mum whose brother was de­nied a visa to come to the UK to give her a life-sav­ing stem cell trans­plant has fi­nally had the de­ci­sion over­turned af­ter more than 80,000 peo­ple signed an on­line pe­ti­tion.

Shirley Kordie, 33, has a rare form of blood cancer called hy­poplas­tic MDS, and medics at the Queen El­iz­a­beth Hospi­tal told her she needs a stem cell trans­plant to sur­vive.

Her brother Joseph, who is a nurse in Ghana, was de­nied a visa by the Home Of­fice.

He was told he doesn’t earn enough money.

The re­fusal let­ter from UK Visas and Im­mi­gra­tion stated: “While I am aware of the im­por­tance of fam­ily con­tact and the com­pas­sion­ate na­ture of your ap­pli­ca­tion, I must, how­ever, also con­sider your per­sonal and fi­nan­cial cir­cum- stances in Ghana when ad­dress­ing your ap­pli­ca­tion.”

Blood cancer char­i­ties An­thony Nolan and the ACLT (African Caribbean Leukaemia Trust) worked to­gether to get the de­ci­sion over­turned, so that Shirley could re­turn home to Wal­sall to look af­ter four-year-old son Bless­ing.

Now af­ter more than 80,000 peo­ple signed an on­line pe­ti­tion, Joseph will be al­lowed to come to Eng­land to save his sis­ter’s life.

The Home Of­fice have now granted Joseph a six month visa, and are work­ing to al­low him to travel as soon as pos­si­ble.

“I fi­nally Shirley.

“With this news I now know there is hope for my­self, my son and the fu­ture and we are so grate­ful to you all for sup­port­ing us.” have some com­fort,” said

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