Friday, April 18, 2008
Although I must admit that I was a little surprised by their reactions, I completely disagreed with their conclusions. I knew there was a need for personal development books written by and for African Americans and although most people disagreed with me I decided to pursue my dream any way. As a matter of fact, their rejection inspired me even more. - Michael Taylor
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Thursday, April 17, 2008
Ama Sumani needed dialysis to prolong her life. A Ghanaian woman who was removed from a Cardiff hospital where she was receiving cancer treatment and flown home after her visa expired has died.
Ama Sumani, 39, passed away in Accra, Ghana, hours after being tod that friends and family had found doctors in the UK and South Africa to treat her.
They had also raised more than £70,000 from donations to pay for drugs which were not available in her home country.
Her friend Janet Simmons said: "She said she was too tired to fight.
Ms Sumani, a widowed mother-of-two, died at about 1600 GMT on Wednesday in Korle-Bu hospital in
She had been receiving kidney dialysis and treatment there after immigration officials removed Ms Sumani from the University Hospital of Wales in January
But the drug she needed to prolong her life - thalidomide - is not available in
Mrs Janet Simmons, from Cardiff, who returned from spending a month in Ghana on Sunday, said they had just found a doctor in South Africa and another in the UK who would treat terminally-ill Ms Sumani with the drugs,
"We told her this morning but this afternoon she gave up," she said.
A campaign to allow Ms Sumani to return to the
"The British people kept her alive all this time and we would like to thank them for their donations," said Mrs Simmons.
She added: "I last saw her on Saturday morning before I left
The BBCs Will Ross in
“Despite facing great challenges in
Ms Sumani had been undergoing dialysis and was receiving other drugs at the University Hospital of Wales after being diagnosed with malignant myeloma which damaged her kidneys.
She came to the
When she returned to
Previously, Mrs Simmons had said a family had offered to look after Ms Sumani's children Mary, 16, and seven-year-old Samede.
The decision to remove Ms Sumani was described as "atrocious barbarism" by leading medical journal The Lancet.
The Archbishop of Canterbury Rowan Williams also criticised the way cases like hers were handle