An Eastbourne man, who’d been pleading with the authorities to allow his cousin into the UK to save his life, has found a new donor.
Roland Blell had been in need of a kidney transplant and finally got his wish on Monday night (25 April).
Caroline Ansell had previously met with the Immigration Minister to ask that Mr Blell's cousin, who is a match, to enter the country to donate a kidney that could save his life.
However, immigration officials refused him entry saying he doesn’t have enough ties in Lebanon to satisfy their criteria to allow him in to the UK temporarily.
MP Caroline Ansell has said, “I’m absolutely delighted that Mr Blell found a donor and underwent kidney transplant surgery on Monday night.
“It’s early days but I’ve been told by his wife that doctors are pleased with how well the procedure went.
“Mr Blell has been on the transplant list for 3 years so this turn of events was wonderful news. I wish him and his family all the best.”
Picture: Caroline Ansell, MP with Mr Blell