A petition which aims to get the sister of a young mum from Boston who has leukaemia into the country for a life-saving donation has received more than 41,899 signatures.
May Brown, 23, was diagnosed with acute myeloid leukaemia in June last year and has been told that she needs a blood stem cell donation from someone with a matching tissue-type to stay alive.
The petition states that her sister Martha, who lives in Nigeria, is a ‘10 out of 10 match’ but says the Home Office has refused a visa which could see Martha come to the UK and give her sister the transplant she needs.
They say the letter states various reasons including concerns over funds
It says Mrs Brown is intending to pay for the trip to the UK.
The petition states that Martha ‘has no intention of staying in the UK’ because ‘her whole life is in Nigeria’.
It adds: “She has two little kids who will be looked after by their Grandma whilst she is in the UK donating her bone marrow. All she wants to do here is save her sister’s life.
The petition has been organised by Ronke Oke, who says he works for a blood cancer charity, the African Caribbean Leukaemia Trust, who for the last nine months have been working with May.
He said: “Doctors at May’s hospital have said they are ‘running out of time’ to perform the transplant.
“Finding a 10 out of 10 stem cell match is incredibly rare, and having her sister come and do the transplant now is her only chance to ever get out of hospital and back home with her daughter.
“It is heartbreaking to see unfair bureaucratic red tape being put in the way of saving a young mum’s life.”
“In hospital May said to me ‘only a six hour journey will help save my life. My two year old daughter Selina needs me... To know my life isn’t important to those who have the power to help me is deeply upsetting.’”
May has a two-year-old daughter called Selina-May.
Earlier this year Mrs Brown made a plea for donors saying: “Please register today as a potential blood stem cell donor. Do it, if not for my sake, but for the sake of my little girl. She is only two-years-old and needs her Mummy. Your selfless act of registering could ultimately save my life and those of other people suffering from blood cancer or blood disorders.”
May’s husband Michael said: “Please register to help May or someone else seeking a donor. It is so easy to register as a potential blood stem cell donor. It takes a few minutes to do but it could lead to you giving decades to another person, and that person could be my beautiful wife May.”
A Home Office spokesperson said: “We are sensitive to cases with compassionate circumstances but all visa applications must be assessed against the immigration rules.
“The onus is on the individual to provide the necessary supporting evidence to prove they meet the requirements.”
To view the petition click here.