CFI Statement on The Hyde Family
Cystic Fibrosis Ireland are delighted that the Hyde Family, an Irish family facing deportation because of the cost of treating their son's CF, have been granted residency in Australia.
Speaking on the announcement, Philip Watt, Chief Executive, Cystic Fibrosis Ireland said;
“We are delighted to hear the Hyde Family have been granted residency. We would like to thank the Australian Ambassador to Ireland who kindly forwarded the concerns of CFI to the Australian Government.”
“We would also like to thank Cystic Fibrosis Australia, in particular their CEO, Nettie Burke for her kind support on this issue. Finally a huge thanks to the 120,000 people who supported the Hyde family and signed a petition calling for the family to be allowed remain in Australia. Your support made a difference.”
Christine and Anthony Hyde have lived in Australia since 2009. Their son Darragh was born in Australia in 2015. Shortly after his birth, Darragh was diagnosed with cystic fibrosis.
The Hyde’s application for residency had previously been rejected on the basis of Darragh’s condition and perceived future health and financial burden on the State.
Cystic Fibrosis Ireland had been in touch with the Hyde family to offer them support during this extremely difficult time and will continue to support the family as needed.
In a blog post last night, Ms Hyde stated
"Thank you to everyone who supported us. Late yesterday evening we received the good news that we were granted residency. We are so excited, a huge weight has been lifted and we can continue our lives. We are completely grateful to everyone!!"