According to, Isaac Aganozor, who works at Dulwich College, was diagnosed with leukaemia in August, 2015, and needs an urgent stem cell transplant from his brother Patrick, a tricycle courier who earns £2.30 a day in Nigeria. He was refused a visa to enter the UK as he did not meet economic requirements.
This was despite the £36,000-a-year school offering to sponsor his month-long “mercy mission” and pay £1,500 for his return flight. His brother Isaac, 44, is being given regular high-dose chemotherapy sessions at St Bartholomew’s hospital but has been told that time is running out.

A search of the national donor database revealed that Patrick, 38, is a 50% match for his brother, and the only realistic hope of his receiving the stem cells in time. Despite a letter from hospital specialists detailing Patrick’s status as the only available matching donor for the urgent stem cell transplant, he was refused a visa in April.

A rejection letter from the British High Commission in Lagos, seen by the Standard, reads: “You have stated your brother has acute myeloid leukaemia and you are to be a stem cell donor. I must take into account your personal socio-economic circumstances in Nigeria when reaching my decision.

I note that you are a tricycle driver earning £69 a month in Nigeria but you state you have £1,500 for this trip. Given your limited economic circumstances in Nigeria I am not satisfied that these provide you with an incentive to leave the UK at the end of your stay as claimed.”

Isaac said there is no danger that Patrick will try to stay in the UK after the transplant as he has to care for his 4-year-old daughter and ailing mother in Lagos. Cc:


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