AN IRISH-BORN CHILD whose mother fought his deportation order for most of his life because of his severe form of sickle cell has died.
The death has occurred on Monday 9th July 2018 of Daniel Enoch (aged 9), of Millstreet Direct Provision Centre, Cork.
Daniel was living at the Drishane Direct Provision Centre, and had just finished 3rd class in Millstreet Boy’s National School. His classmates held a memorial service for him at the school, and had a game of soccer after because that’s what he loved.
His Nigerian mother still faces deportation.
The pair fought the initial orders, made in 2011, in the High Court but were not granted leave to seek a judicial review of the Minister’s decision to deport.
During the court proceedings in March, an affidavit from the mother was read out which stated that she had been so desperate in order to fund his treatment that she had resorted to prostitution.
“What would happen to (my son) if we were to be deported?” it read.
In order to pay for my son’s medication I became involved in prostitution.
A 2014 letter written by consultant haematologist at Our Lady’s Children’s Hospital, Crumlin, Dr Corrina McMahon, was also read out. It said that the young boy “is at risk from the most extreme condition of sickle cell disease”.
“I would say that if (the boy) is deported to Nigeria it is very unlikely that he would survive.”