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Little girl with cerebral palsy to be deported

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AKissIsNotAContract Wed 18-May-11 10:50:57

Such a sad story, hopefully with enough exposure she will be able to stay.

Dropdeadfred Wed 18-May-11 10:53:07

This is sad, but her parents knew they were doing wrong when they left her hear...and don't they want her back?

AKissIsNotAContract Wed 18-May-11 10:53:36

Sorry forgot to press the link button

AKissIsNotAContract Wed 18-May-11 10:55:59

Her aunt wants to adopt her. I wouldnt want my child living somewhere where they thought epileptic people were possessed. What kind of life would she have if she were sent back?

MrsRhettButler Wed 18-May-11 10:59:13

I'm sure they would rather she was in a country that can look after her rather than being with them in a country where people are still quite backwards thinking about these types of conditions

If everything in this article is true then I think they should let her stay, she's just a little girl who needs help and it sounds like her aunt really loves her

Dropdeadfred Wed 18-May-11 11:01:23

If they can prove she would die there they will let her stay..the HO almost always cave in over children's health cases

wannaBe Wed 18-May-11 11:10:48

it is difficult.

I agree she is just a little girl whose quality of life (god I hate that expression) would be reduced were she to be sent back to Algeria. But where do we draw the line?

There are lots of countries whose disabled rights and resources are inferior to our own. And I've no doubt there are lots of people who, given the choice, would prefer their children come to live here in order to give them a better quality of life. Should we just accept them all because they're children and because their countries' treatment of the disabled does not live up to our own?

Already parents of disabled children in this country have to struggle to get the most basic resources for their children, if you allow one child in on the basis they have a disability, then you have to allow everyone in, surely? and we simply don't have the resources to do that.

Dropdeadfred Wed 18-May-11 11:12:58

agree with Wannabe

GypsyMoth Wed 18-May-11 11:31:14

agree with wannabe too

maypole1 Thu 19-May-11 08:34:29

Agreed I wonder if the parents sent the child over here as a health tourist disabled or not we cannot just allow people to stay just because they are disabled and over stayer is an over stayer.

Its not our fault that other countries have this attitude towards disabled people.

SecretNutellaFix Thu 19-May-11 08:52:52

I'm being completely cynical here and wondering whether or not her parents would then try to come over to get indefinite leave to remain. With other children/ family members as well.

It does happen, and perhaps that is why she is being sent back? Surely the aunt should have adopted her earlier, unless the plan was to bring the rest of the family to Britain?

Hammy02 Thu 19-May-11 09:01:19

agree with wannabe too. There are millions upon millions of disabled children living in 3rd world countries. While individual examples are very upsetting to read, we cannot set a precedent in this instance. As someone else said, we already have disabled children born in this country that are not getting the treatment they need due to lack of public funds.

Dropdeadfred Thu 19-May-11 09:34:00

i can almost guarantee she will stay though

Gotabookaboutit Thu 19-May-11 09:36:14

We give aid to the 3rd world - it should be directed at projects to combat discrimination and help set up local help projects for children with disabilities. The money spent on appeals and legal aid for this one girl could help 100's in her home country. Sentimentality over good judgement

diddl Thu 19-May-11 09:38:59

Could they have adopted by now, without waiting for it to come to this?

raniamuststay Thu 19-May-11 11:04:14

they've been trying to adopt her for years, there's no official procedure in place with Algeria and it takes a long time for all the documents to be approved, mostly on the Algerian side I think

when she first came to the UK no-one had any idea of most of her complex health needs. It's quite common for epilepsy to be diagnosed later on, she had a lot of 'absences' that weren't noticed before, even by the doctors she saw before she got the visa to come over in the first place.

raniamuststay Thu 19-May-11 11:11:35

this is the link to a petition - this is her last chance before she is deported from the only family she knows and the medical care she needs to live. It isn't a question of quality of life, but life at all

Sariska Thu 19-May-11 11:14:12

I see what some of you are saying here but she's just a little girl who probably looks upon her aunt and uncle as her parents and her cousin as her sister. What will it do to her emotionally to send her back?

Alibabaandthe80nappies Thu 19-May-11 11:22:57

I agree with WannaBe.

raniamuststay Thu 19-May-11 11:29:58

this isn't about whether we should bring someone with complex health needs into the country though, it's about whether we should send a five year old girl who's lived here for more than half her life back to a country where she will die because there just isn't the medical care or even medicines she needs to carry on living
I know it's easy for me because I know her, but please try to see her as a little girl, not a 'statistic' and look beyond the wider issues to what it will mean to her if she is sent back.

maypole1 Thu 19-May-11 11:34:47

raniamuststay sorry don't buy it the parents stated that she was so ill the reason why they sent her was so they could get some respite.

they have had respite i am inclined to believe they want her to stay for the free education and free health care soon they will join her and claim right to family life then we will have to house a family give them benefits as they will claim they cant work as they have a disabled child

no thanks we have enough people here who we cannot even afford to support

HRHShoesytwoesy Thu 19-May-11 11:35:19

I agree with Wanabee

mumblechum1 Thu 19-May-11 11:39:42

I do feel very sorry for this little girl but agree that we have to draw a line, we already give shelter to hundreds of thousands if not millions of unfortunate people from other countries and we simply don't have the resources to help everyone.

raniamuststay Thu 19-May-11 11:41:01

Her family in the Uk have been trying to adopt her for years, she has a younger sister and will soon have a younger brother too
Her family in the UK want her to stay because they want her to live. The medicines and medical treatment she needs aren't even available in Algeria
Before she came to the UK she had to have a lot of medical examinations and none of those showed anything other than the cerebal palsy.

HRHShoesytwoesy Thu 19-May-11 11:42:51

sadly with the cuts and stuff, the services for disabled people are already stretched to the limit, I assume the HO have to be careful not to set a precedent that will allow more people to come here and use up these services.

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