Agency report

A Canadian suffering severe heart condition has pleaded with country’s immigration authorities to permit his Kenyan wife to travel down and see him before he will die.

The man, Patrick Kinsella says he “suspects September won’t find him alive”.

Two years ago, he successfully underwent a high-risk heart procedure at the St. Mary’s Hospital in Canada, resulting in medical staff members at the facility nicknaming him “the miracle guy”.

After meeting his Kenyan wife, Mary Atieno Otieno, online through his British friend in 2017, he travelled to the East African country in December 2018 after many months of communicating via email. In September 2019, Kinsella and Atieno got married.

The couple was supposed to start a new life between Canada, Kenya and Ireland, where Kinsella was born and grew up. The plan, however, faced a glitch after Kinsella suffered another heart attack in January 2020.

A scan in May, 2020 showed his heart function had been greatly compromised as a result.

“I had to pre-arrange my funeral, as no father leaves such to his children,” said Kinsella, a retired youth services manager with the Ontario government.

“Choosing my own casket at the funeral home was a very surreal experience. I recently completed my will and paid off my grave site at St. Agatha cemetery.

“I do not expect to see September. I will go any day. My concern is I will never see my wife and (step) son again,” he told The, adding-“Our marriage is based on love, and I love her with all my heart.”

Since 2011, the 56-year-old has had seven heart attacks. He says the condition is genetically inherited and hopes Canada’s immigration officials can grant Mary Atieno Otieno, and his stepson, Ramsey Dickson, 10, temporary residence visas to spend his remaining time with him in Ottawa.

According to Kinsella, the Canadian Government has, on two previous occasions (June and November 2019), denied Atieno a temporary visa. According to him, the Great White North fears that Atieno would not leave the country upon expiry of her visa.


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