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Mum’s heartbreaking choice: Leave disabled daughter or take her home to die



Mum's heartbreaking choice: Leave disabled daughter or take her home to die
Kamisha and her daughter Sabiana

In a heart-wrenching story, Kamisha Gobdurdhun, a Mauritian mum facing deportation from Australia, is confronted with an agonising choice on whether or not to leave her disabled daughter behind.

Kamisha, who migrated to Australia from Mauritius in 2008, gave birth to Sabiana a year later.

Now 13 years old, Sabiana was born with Wolf-Hirschhorn Syndrome, a rare genetic condition causing severe developmental delay and limited speech abilities.

According to a report by The Mirror, Kamisha landed in Australia on a student visa 15 years ago.

However, when her visa renewal was rejected in 2018, she received ministerial intervention in the form of a medical treatment visa, which expired last month.

Mum's heartbreaking choice: Leave disabled daughter or take her home to die
Sabiana was born with a rare genetic condition called Wolf-Hirschhorn Syndrome; Image: 
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Unfortunately, Kamisha missed the opportunity to transfer to a permanent visa before her daughter became an Australian citizen.

She is now seeking another visa but fears it won’t be granted and she may be deported next month.

This leaves the mum with an impossible decision: either leaving her disabled daughter in Australia to ensure she receives the necessary healthcare or taking her back to Mauritius, which could endanger Sabiana’s life.

Expressing her anguish, Kamisha shared with 9NEWS, “I know the difference between the medical treatment here and what we can get back home. Honestly, if you say to me, take Sabiana back home, it would be like someone saying to me, ‘OK, take her and let her die,’ and I can’t do that.”

Despite doctors predicting Sabiana’s lifespan to be no longer than two years, Kamisha credits the Australian government and all those who fought tirelessly for her daughter’s survival.

Sabiana, who requires assistance with everyday tasks such as bathing, eating, walking, and dressing, has been advised against traveling by plane.

Immigration lawyer Adam Byrnes emphasizes that only the Immigration Minister has the authority to intervene and acknowledges the “unique and exceptional circumstances in this case.”

Sources: The Mirror, 9News

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