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General News of Monday, 4 February 2008

Source: ic Wales

Doctors refuse to give deported Ama cancer-drug treatment

A TERMINALLY-ILL patient removed from Wales is being denied cancer drugs in Ghana.

Ama Sumani was taken from the University Hospital of Wales, where she was undergoing kidney dialysis, by immigration officials last month. A fund to pay for her ongoing medical treatment in Ghana has so far raised more than ?20,000, but it emerged yesterday that doctors are refusing to give her thalidomide to combat the cancer.

Her friends in Wales said that the 39-year-old?s condition is deteriorating and they fear she will die.

Janet Simmons said, ?Her prognosis is now so bad the doctors are not suggesting a timescale of how long she can survive. They are afraid of giving her the drug without having official forms signed in case anything goes wrong and they are held responsible. But she has been given everything else and it?s not working.?

Ms Sumani, a widowed mother-of-two, arrived in Wales five years ago on a student visa but breached its terms and conditions. Her supporters want to pay for Ms Sumani to return to Wales to get life-saving treatment.

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