A woman who faces "certain death" if she's deported to Nigera, is waiting to hear if her final appeal to remain in this country has been accepted. Roseline Akhalu had a kidney transplant while she was legally living in Leeds - but now her visa has run out the government wants to deport her to a country that cannot provide her with anti rejection medication
Born in Nigeria Roseline came to live in the UK on a vias and has lived in Leeds for eight years. She arrived as a scholarship student at the university, and is an active member of her local church. Shortly after arriving in Britain she developed kidney disease and both her kidneys failed.
"I was on dialysis for four years and three months and then on the 27th July 2009 I got a phone call that a kidney was available for me so on the 28th I went to the hospital and I was transplanted."
She'll be on anti rejection medication for the rest of her life. Now that her visa has run out the government wants Roseline to return to Nigeria - but the drugs she needs aren't available to her there. deportation will be a death sentence. In Nigeria most people with Kidney disease such as Rose has, wouldn't recieve any treatment and they would die. The only treatment available, the patients have to pay for themselves, and this costs more than several thousands of pounds a year and only the very rich could afford this.
"I think that the Home Secretary should say that in this one exceptional case we will allow this woman to remain in Great Britain, she's got the educational capacity and the intelligence to make a contribution to British society."
An appeal has been lodged on the grounds that everyone has the right to life. With support from her church, Rosaline hopes her prayers will be answered.