Time running out for dying dad after heartbreaking reunion with his family

Time is running out for a dying dad who was filmed in a heartbreaking reunion with his wife and young sons.

Brave Nasar Ullah Khan, from Pakistan, was refused a life-saving heart transplant on the NHS, Birmingham Live reports.

He is receiving palliative care but has been told he will have to pay the £32,000 bill –  which is likely to be issued after his death.

Last month, Mr Khan’s wife and two young sons managed to have their visas expedited so they could fulfil his dying wish.

They travelled to the UK for an emotional reunion at his bedside.

Now, the courageous dad, who is terminally ill, is being moved to a hospice to spend his final hours with his family. He was due to be transferred from Queen Elizabeth Hospital, Birmingham, on Monday.

Younger brother Faisal Hanif, from Sparkhill, Birmingham, has told how his family has even asked doctors if Mr Khan’s operation could be funded privately as his health ebbs away.


Mr Khan, who had also lived in Birmingham for nine years,  was refused the operation because he does not have leave to remain in the country.

His brother Faisal told the Birmingham Mail : "It’s a very difficult time. He has not been well in the last few days and he is getting weaker and weaker, the next couple of days are going to be very, very important.

"The consultant says he is stable but anything can happen at any time, because his condition is irreversible. There’s no way back for him.

"He is being moved to the hospice in Birmingham and we don’t know what’s going to happen today or tomorrow.

"His wife has not left his side, she has been at the hospital 24 hours, and his family will be around him."

University Hospitals Birmingham is still providing the care in line with Home Office guidance that states “urgent and immediately necessary care should never be withheld or delayed.”

"The NHS are not chasing us for the bill, but we don’t know what is going to happen, especially as my brother is not going to survive," Faisal said.


Mr Khan’s wife Sania Butt and sons Abdullah Muhammad, 10, and Saif Ullah, eight, have been with him in hospital.

Faisal, who visits his brother at weekends and after work, said: "My brother came here for a better life, he went to London at first but I invited him to Birmingham to be with my family because he was all alone.

"Then he found a flat just a five minute walk from us. He had tried to work but he had overstayed his visa and he had heart problems, which meant he had collapsed several times and needed treatment.

"In August, he was struggling with his health and he had decided to go back to Pakistan to be with his family, he had completed all the paperwork, but then he had a cardiac arrest and he needed treatment at Heartlands Hospital.

"I am disappointed because we were told on the fourteenth of December that he would be considered for a transplant and they would look into placing him on the waiting list, they were saying he would be having tests and scans.

"Then they said he would not be eligible because of his immigration status, because he did not have leave to remain."

Doctors of the World, a humanitarian group supporting people denied access to healthcare, took up Mr Khan’s case, helping to secure ‘fast-track’ visas for his wife and sons to travel from Pakistan.

In a further show of support, businessmen in Birmingham are now rallying to raise the funds for the end-of-life care and to support Mr Khan and his family.

Faisal has even asked doctors whether the heart transplant could be carried out privately if the money could be raised as a result of supported attracted through the high-profile case. 

"I still ask them if we could arrange funding by raising money through the support we have had through the media," he said.

"But I have been told regardless of his immigration status he cannot have the operation because he is too weak.

"The doctors have told me it would take ten or 12 hours and even if we raised millions of pounds there is still no way they could perform the operation."

As he is too unwell to travel back to Pakistan, he had made a ‘fast-track’ application for visas allowing his wife and sons to travel to his bedside. 

Connected to his tubes from his hospital bed, Mr Khan made a direct appeal to the British and Pakistani authorities to speed up the process, thought to have been mired in red tape.

His prayers were answered and he had an emotional reunion with his family in his hospital room two weeks ago.

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