A UK Visa renewal has allowed Kade Romain to have life-changing surgery.
16 August 2010
UK Visa extended for girl’s life-changing surgery
A Trinidad teenager is to undergo life-changing surgery in Scotland after UK immigration officials granted permission for her to stay for a further six months.
Kade Romain, 15, was born without normal ears and was flown to Scotland for a series of major operations to restore her appearance and hearing.
One of Scotland's leading private hospitals, Spire Murrayfield, offered to waive the £50,000 fee for the surgery but due to an immigration mix-up in June Kade faced being deported because her UK Visa had expired before the surgery could take place.
Kade has now been granted permission to remain in the UK for a further six months.
Kade was born with bilateral microtia, a condition where the outer ear is under-developed, although her inner ear is thought to be normal.
Montrose dance teacher Robina Addison, who has an MBE for charity fundraising, fostered Kade last year after first meeting her during a trip to Trinidad 11 years ago.
After the surgery, Kade will be able to return to her home country with greatly improved chances to study or get a job.