Ama Sumani refused care

by Richard on January 11, 2008

Ama Sumani, the terminally ill Ghanaian woman who was removed from her hospital ward in Cardiff and returned to Ghana by British immigration officials, has been refused treatment in Accra.

A hospital official in Ghana said Mrs Sumani had been accompanied by British immigration officials who had offered to pay for the first three months’ treatment.

However, he said the hospital could not help her as she had no source of funding for the ongoing medical care she required.

Mrs Sumani, who has a type of cancer - malignant myeloma - which has damaged her kidneys, had been receiving dialysis three times a week in the UK before she was sent home with an expired visa.

Her solicitor said she had accepted her removal was fair but that they had made representations on her behalf on compassionate grounds.

God help us.

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Doug MacDonald 01.11.08 at 3:36 pm

I listened to a debate on BBC radio this morning about this very subject. I was saddened to hear some people phone in and rather bluntly state that she should not have been here and was in no way entitled to this very expensive treatment on the NHS.

As a student nurse working in the NHS I find these sentiments rather ironic. The NHS would collapse without foreign nurses, consultants, cleaners, porters and catering staff. Ghana ia also a member of the Commonwealth.

And some people have the nerve to say we are a Christian country…..

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tim 01.12.08 at 5:43 pm

If there was a credible fund to send money to, I’m sure the generousity of UK citizens would allow this brave lady to receive thetreatment she needs.

Am I right to the treatment she needs is a bone marrow transplant as well . That being the only hope of a long term cure?

If some bold person or organisation could act as a focus point and organise this, this lady might have a chance of surviving other than the certainty of early death.

Lets pray a fund will be formed very soon.

Tim

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Angel 01.15.08 at 5:45 am

The fund is called “Friends of Ama” and was reported by the BBC on 14 January 2008. She needs about 1,000 pounds per month to pay for dialysis.

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David Plough 01.17.08 at 5:54 pm

I am absolutely disgusted that this woman was flown out of the UK back to Ghana. Could we not have put her on a boat instead? I understand that this would have been a much cheaper option for the British Tax Payer. I’m just hoping that in an attempt to offset the poor taxpayers expenses, they had a good rumage through her purse first, just in case she could have made a contribution, in fact there might have been enough to get a round in for the Immigration Officers by way of a small thankyou for helping her with her luggage!!

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