A woman with a rare blood cancer is being denied a life-saving transplant from her brother because he doesn’t earn enough.

A charity has said 33 year old Shirley Kordie, has hypoplastic MDS and will leave her 4-year-old son, Blessing, without a mother if she is not treated.

Her brother Joseph, who lives in Ghana, is a “perfect” stem cell match but his visa application was denied due to his “financial circumstances”.

The Home Office said it was “urgently reviewing” the case.

Ms Kordie said her life is in danger and she needs to get her life back for her son.

The Anthony Nolan Trust and the African Caribbean Leukaemia Trust (ACLT) have launched a campaign to support Ms Kordie, who has been receiving treatment at Birmingham’s Queen Elizabeth Hospital.

The Anthony Nolan Trust said the reason Joseph had been refused a visa is because “he doesn’t earn enough money”.

Meanwhile, a petition urging the government to reverse its decision had amassed about 10 000 signatures in 36 hours.

Joseph, a nurse himself, is unable to make the donation in Ghana, so coming to the UK is his only option, said the Anthony Nolan Trust.

Spokeswoman Amelia Chong said there were no alternative options for a donor on the international stem cell register adding that her brother is a perfect, 10 out of 10 match for her.

Chong said they have reviewed all those on the donor list and Joseph is not only the perfect match, but he is the only match.

All Joseph needs is a temporary visa to undergo the procedure.

 

 -BBC