May Brown, a leukemia patient died in a UK hospital due to the delay of a donor Martha Williams getting a visa to the states after more than 60,000 signed an online petition.
The donor happened to be May Brown’s Nigerian sister. Martha Williams, 26, travelled to the UK to donate stem cells to 24-year-old May Brown.
The Home Office reversed a decision not to issue Ms Williams a visa after more than 60,000 signed an online petition. The transplant was deemed a success in March. But the African Caribbean Leukaemia Trust (ACLT) said Mrs Brown died on Friday following a relapse.
It added that she passed away “surrounded by her loved ones”.
According to ACLT co-founder Beverley De-Gale… “Mrs Brown relapsed in April, the leukemia came back and it came back very aggressively, the doctors tried again to get May back into remission but sadly the leukemia was too strong.”
She added she felt the delay in Ms Williams getting a visa may have contributed to the death of Mrs Brown.
She said… “You never know with any cancer what way it’s going to go but any delay is never going to help the situation, I sadly have to say that could be a possibility but I am not a medical expert.”
Mrs Brown was diagnosed with leukemia in July 2015.
She had been told her only chance of survival was an urgent stem-cell transplant.
Her sister Martha was a “10 out of 10” tissue match.
ACLT said Ms Williams was initially refused a UK visa because her teacher’s salary of £222 per month was too low.
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