The person i have in mind is a African woman, aged 52. She came to the UK on a visitor's visa and then married an EEA national here in 2011. She already had had two children, now aged 19 and 14, living in Africa with their father, from whom she separated before coming here. She also has a daughter aged 28 living in Canada.
She was originally diagnosed with breast cancer in 2007 and had a mastectomy and radio and chemotherapy here. She was then "lost to follow-up" and came back to hospital earlier this year, found to have widely spread cancer , secondary to the breast cancer. Her marriage had ended about a year ago when her husband left without leaving contact details. She then moved in with her aunt, sharing a bedroom with her teenage cousin. When she was admitted to hospital in March this year, her aunt refused to take her back to her home and she was found accommodation by a local borough.
She is desperately keen to see her children but so far this has not been possible to arrange. Her life expectancy is very limited, perhaps less than a year. She lives alone on a limited income, with great physical disabilities and discomfort.