JOY: May Brown
A WOMAN who was told she needed a stem cell transplant to save her life, received the donated stem cells from her Nigerian sister, four months after the UK Home Office lifted her visa ban.
Mum-of-one May Brown, 23, was diagnosed with Acute Myeloid leukaemia in July 2015.
Her sister Martha, who lives in Nigeria, is a perfect match, but had her second visa request refused by the Home Office, who said they believed she would try to remain in the UK following the procedure.
An online petition set up by ACLT amassed over 60,000 supporters.
Following the Home Office’s decision to lift the ban in October May was due to receive the stem cell donation from Martha soon after her arrival to the UK.
However, the transplant was delayed as May became unwell with a virus and required further chemotherapy treatment before the transplant could take place.
But Martha was eventually able to attend an appointment at King’s College Hospital NHS Foundation Trust in London and successfully donated her stem cells.
After the simple procedure (which is very much like donating blood), May, who was also being treated at King’s College Hospital, received the donated stem cells from her sister at 6 pm, the same day.
She added: “This opportunity has given me a second chance at life; enabling me to go back to being a mother to my beautiful daughter. I will forever be grateful to the great British public for the support they gave during my appeal and to London-based blood cancer charity ACLT, for the tremendous support and love they have shown me. They truly have gone over and above for my family and me.”