Immigration red tape could affect Alex's cancer treatment

Immigration red tape could force sick nine-year-old boy Alex Goodwin to leave the USA before his course of cancer treatment is finished.

Wednesday, 1st March 2017, 2:40 pm
Updated Friday, 24th March 2017, 10:05 am
Alex Goodwin receiving treatment in the USA.

The immigration bombshell for the family came last week (February 23), when the Goodwin family were told they might have to leave the country mid-treatment.

Alex’s dad Jeff, a local police officer, wrote on the Alexander’s Journey Facebook page: “Devastating news today that our immigration status only allows Alex to stay until April.

“He won’t finish treatment until end of June.”

Since then the Goodwins have had a series of meetings to try and prolong Alex’s stay.

Jeff wrote:“Several telephone conversations and meetings over the past few days.

“Assistance from the Foreign Office, British Embassy in the United States and both Alberto Costa MP and Sir Alan Duncan MP.

“We have also had tremendous support across the political spectrum from numerous elected officials and advisors in the US.

“We are very grateful for all the help. This is just about a little boy with cancer getting the treatment he needs.”

Alex, who lives in a small village near Lutterworth, was diagnosed with Ewing’s Sarcoma of the leg and hip in June last year . Ewing’s Sarcoma is a very rare form of bone and soft tissue cancer.

With treatment options running out in Britain, the family made the decision to fundraise for Alex and go for cutting-edge treatment in the United States.

Alex has since had his entire right femur bone removed in a three-and-a-half hour operation at the University of Kansas Hospital in a drastic bid to beat his cancer.

His recovery would be compromised by an early return home, his family says.