Leah Waterman told to return to Philippines despite medics agreeing that her husband cannot care for himself, let alone be sole carer to their children

A British stroke victim who uses a wheelchair, requires 24-hour supervision to keep him alive and cannot speak, write or reliably understand what is said to him, has been told by the Home Office that he must become the sole carer for his two young British children while his wife travels to the Philippines to apply for a visa to care for the family.

Simon Waterman was living with his Filipino wife, Leah, and their children, aged 10 and seven, in the Philippines when he had a severe stroke in September 2015. The family moved back to the UK that December so Simon could be near his family. When they applied for a visa for Leah to remain in the country, however, they were told there were “no exceptional circumstances” preventing her following the conventional route of applying for her visa from outside the UK.

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