A Gurkha soldier is battling the Home Office to stop his 75-year-old sister being deported back to Nepal.
More than 900 people have signed a petition to prevent the deportation of Lal Suba Gurung, who is due to be sent back in the next few weeks.
She is currently living in Colchester, Essex, with her brother, retired Major Udai Gurung MBE, who served almost 50 years as a soldier and MoD civil servant.
Maj Gurung said: "When she came to the UK she was so frail, very, very thin - I thought I would cry. But I didn’t cry, being a man you don’t cry.
"And then we fed her nice and good food and she has now put on some weight, which is good news.
“She will become the same woman when we send her back because she will go back to the old state she was in. So I don’t want to send her back.”
Lal’s home in Nepal was destroyed by earthquakes in April 2015. The next month she was due to visit her brother and, having no close family or home in Nepal, applied to stay in the UK.
The Home Office rejected her application, a decision the family appealed against unsuccessfully twice.
The Home Office believes Lal would have sufficient support back in Nepal, although her family disagree and say deportation would be a death sentence for the frail 75-year-old.
On Tuesday the local MP for Colchester, Will Quince, met with the Home Secretary Sajid Javid and the Minister for Immigration. They decided to put the deportation on hold whilst the case is reviewed.
Mr Quince said: “For me it doesn’t sit right, it doesn’t feel right.
"And I think we’re going to potentially going to be making a mistake.”
Lal was widowed at a young age after her husband was killed in the Indo-Pakistan war of 1971. She has always been close to her brother, who says he’s always paid for all her expenses.
Maj Gurung joined the Brigade of Gurkhas in 1969. After recruit training in Malaysia he served in Hong Kong, Brunei, South Korea, Germany, New Zealand, the Falkland Islands and the UK.
He continues to work as a civil servant for the MoD, is the Chair of the Colchester Nepalese Society and was awarded an MBE in 1996.
A Home Office spokesman told Forces News: “All cases are carefully considered on their individual merits, including any compassionate circumstances, and in line with the UK immigration rules.
“The decision made in this case has been supported by two independent immigration tribunals.”