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