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Colin Firth advocates for Nigerian woman

18 July 2013, 18:03

Leeds - British actor Colin Firth has joined those advocating for the courts to end the drama around Nigerian citizen and kidney transplant recipient, Rose Akhalu, the Yorkshire Evening Post and Women News Network reports.

Akhalu was diagnosed with acute kidney disease in 2005 and received a kidney transplant in 2009 but has been told by the UK Home Office that she has to return to Nigeria, although two appeal judges have already ruled in her favour.

She arrived in the UK after winning a Ford Foundation scholarship to study for a Masters Degree in Development Studies at Leeds University.  She intended to use her degree to support other girls who come from poverty to have access to education and employment.

Akhalu’s doctors claim that she will die within four weeks if she returns to Nigeria as she would not be able to afford the expensive medication that she would have to take after her transplant and she has no family or friends in Nigeria to support her.

Academy Award winner Colin Firth took time off from filming a Woody Allen film to send a message of support:

“I need hardly add my voice to the wholehearted love and support, surrounding Rose in her community and among her friends,”

“We all hope that the good sense and humanity displayed so far by the courts will now prevail and that her life will be saved.”

Read more at Yorkshire Evening Post and Women News Network.


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