A seriously-ill Leeds woman who is at the centre of a ‘deported to die’ campaign was last night told her latest bid to stay in the UK has been refused by the Government.
Transplant patient Roseline Akhalu, 48, who lives in Headingley, faces deportation to her native Nigeria, but her doctors have said she will die if she is forced to go back there.
The childless widow’s case was recently backed by Oscar-winning actor Colin Firth, and more than 1,000 people have signed a petition to stop her being deported. Last night, the office of the Home Secretary refused her latest appeal to stay.
Friend Paul Cordy said hope still wasn’t lost, and the latest decision had opened the way for a tribunal hearing. “With the new medical evidence we have, we are in a stronger position,” he said.