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Yes, you must give a refugee life-saving treatment, court tells hospital

A chronically ill asylum seeker was told by Helen Joseph Hospital she should go back to Ethiopia for dialysis

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A chronically ill asylum seeker who was refused treatment at Helen Joseph Hospital has managed to secure a draft order that will allow her to continue to receive the triweekly dialysis she requires simply to stay alive.

The Sunday Times reported earlier Alem Bazabe Ereselo was forced to approach the High Court in Johannesburg for help after doctors at Helen Joseph told her she was not entitled to the chronic treatment because of her status as a refugee from Ethiopia.

A letter written by the hospital administration contained this as one of the reasons for denying her access: “You are not a South African citizen and you do not possess verified documents pertaining to refugee status or permanent citizenship awarded.”..

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