Prayer, determination for 13 years led to NZ resident visa approval for Tongan kidney patient after deportation order

Kuo 'i Tonga 'a Sōsefo Lakalaka 'o fe'iloaki fiefia mo e fāmili hili e ta'u 'e 13 'ene nofo 'ova 'i Nu'u Sila. Ne 'osi tu'utu'uni ke fakafoki ki Tonga neongo 'ene puke 'i he mahaki'ia 'o e kofuua ka ne 'ikai tuka ai e feinga 'i he funga 'o e lotu lahi mo fai ma'u pe 'i he kole ki he 'eiki ke tokonia 'ene feinga, fakatatau ki he'ene fakamatala'.

The patient with kidney failure the New Zealand Immigration and Protection Tribunal ordered to be deported has had his permanent visa application finally approved. Treatment for kidney failure, which mostly involves dialysis, is not available in Tonga. Sōsefo Lakalaka, 54, who is also known as Siliva Lakalaka, and his 13-year-old son were ordered to leave…


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