Myrtle Cothill, pictured with her daughter Mary Wills (left), is now challenging the UK's immigration laws. Picture: Supplied

Durban - Were she to be sent back to South Africa, 92-year-old Myrtle Cothill – who is staying in the UK with her daughter and battling local authorities to remain there – would face a heightened risk of dying within the first three months of her return.

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Robinson diagnosed the Port Shepstone woman with “severe clinical depression and anxiety developed since she realised she would be removed”.

Her self-care would decline and her appetite decrease and the elderly woman – who has apparently lost 9kg in recent months – was more likely to die more quickly.

Cothill visited her daughter, Mary Wills, in the UK in February 2014. She realised after she arrived that she wanted to stay even though her 6-month visitor visa had expired.

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The British Home Office said her visitor visa could not be switched and that she should have made her application for an extended visa while she was still in South Africa


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