A 74-year-old battling cancer is facing deportation back to Jamaica despite fears he won’t be able to afford life-saving treatment.
Lewin Williams has lived in Birmingham since 2003. He came on a visitor’s visa, which lasted till June 2004, and remained under the impression he had settled status.
He was first diagnosed with myeloma, a type of blood cancer, in 2019 and has been battling the illness for the last three years. He has been in and out of hospital ever since whilst undergoing chemotherapy.
But the Acocks Green resident now faces being sent back to Jamaica – a country where he has no family and can not afford medical expenses, Birmingham Live reports.
Lewin said: “I can’t pay for the treatment and if the Home Office sends me back to Jamaica, I will die because I can’t afford it.
“I don’t try to hurt anyone, I just keep myself to myself and I don’t want any trouble. I’ve never been to a court – since I came to England and I have to go because of immigration – that’s the only time I know the inside of a court.
“The only thinking I had in me is ‘how will I make it and when am I going to pass away?’ I kept praying and praying. I just keep going.”
Lewin first made an application to remain in the UK in September 2019 on the grounds of his medical condition. However this was refused in December of the same year.
The court has now granted permission to appeal but Lewin fears he will be sent back to a place where he cannot afford the medical expenses and has no support.
The document reads the difference in healthcare facilities between the UK and Jamaica is ‘substandard.’
Salman Mirza from Migrant Voice, Lewin’s case worker, said: “Here we have an elderly man from Jamaica who has been in the UK for over 18 years and has cancer, how could any decent human being not want him to get life saving treatment.”
Throughout his years living in the UK, Lewin had done gardening for local people to earn money.
He attended the New Testament Church of God in Highgate.
Pastor Sheryl Lindo-Mason, Minister of Religion at the church said: “Lewin first came to our church three or four years ago. He was a regular attendant at the church. However we lost contact with him. But we soon realised he was very poorly and at the hospital for a long time.
“During the lockdown, we maintained contact with him as he was one of those people we provided meals for,” she added.
A Home Office spokesperson said: “We do not routinely comment on individual cases. All visa cases are considered according to their merits.”