Roseline Akhalu, a Nigerian transplant patient who claims she would die within weeks if she were deported, has won her second appeal against the UK Border Agency and is allowed to stay in the UK.
Akhalu came to the UK in 2004 on a prestigious scholarship to do an MA at Leeds University after graduating in Nigeria. During her studies in the UK she was diagnosed with kidney failure and began over four years of treatment.
In 2009, she had a successful kidney transplant but needs immunosuppressant drugs for the rest of her life, something her doctors and legal team argue she could not afford if she is sent back to Nigeria.
Akhalu won her first appeal against the UKBA’s rejection of her claim for leave to remain in November 2012. However, despite accepting that she would die within weeks if returned to Nigeria, the home secretary Theresa May lodged a further appeal in May 2013 against the decision to allow Akhalu the right to remain in the UK. May claimed that Akhalu’s treatment was the responsibility of the Nigerian government.