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|Cancer patient loses visa battle
||Cancer patient loses visa battle
(about 3 hours later)
A Ghanaian woman who came to study in Wales five years ago has been told she must return to the African country, despite being terminally ill.
Ama Sumani, 39, has been receiving dialysis at the University Hospital of Wales in Cardiff for over a year after cancer damaged her kidneys.
|Ms Sumani, whose visa has expired, said she cannot afford this care in Ghana.||Ms Sumani, whose visa has expired, said she cannot afford this care in Ghana.|
She was taken from hospital on Wednesday. The Home Office said it was unable to comment on individual cases.
A friend said Ms Sumani, who was taken away from the hospital on Wednesday morning by immigration officials, was due to leave on a plane back to Ghana at 1400 GMT.
She left hospital in a wheelchair, was put into a van and taken away at about 0800 GMT.
|The cancer she is suffering from - malignant myeloma - would ordinarily be treated with a bone marrow transplant.||The cancer she is suffering from - malignant myeloma - would ordinarily be treated with a bone marrow transplant.|
|But because Ms Sumani is a foreign national she is not entitled to this from the National Health Service (NHS).||But because Ms Sumani is a foreign national she is not entitled to this from the National Health Service (NHS).|
|The dialysis treatment she has been receiving is helping to prolong her life and her last treatment was on Tuesday evening.||The dialysis treatment she has been receiving is helping to prolong her life and her last treatment was on Tuesday evening.|
|Legal status||Legal status|
But it needs to be repeated regularly and there are concerns there are few dialysis treatment centres in Ghana.
|Health care there is also private but Ms Sumani said she could not afford it.||Health care there is also private but Ms Sumani said she could not afford it.|
"Where I am staying is in a village and there is no hospital, there is only a clinic," said Ms Sumani.
"That machine is only in Accra (Ghana's capital) and I do not know Accra at all."
A friend Janet Simmons said she did not know how Ms Sumani would cope back in Ghana.
"She comes from the northern part of Ghana which is the poorest part of the country," she said.
"Basically she has been sent there to die."
Ms Simmons added that her friend was a widow and a mother of two children, who were currently being looked after by members of her church in Ghana.
Ms Sumani is being removed from the country rather than deported because her visa expired some time ago which means she has no legal status in the UK.
|A removal means that in theory she could apply to return to the UK in the future.||A removal means that in theory she could apply to return to the UK in the future.|
Several appeals have been made on her behalf to keep her in Wales, all of which are now exhausted, said her solicitor.
One which stated that she was too ill to travel home was rejected by the Border and Immigration service last May.
Ms Sumani said she came to Wales to study accountancy at a city college.