Fliss Cramman, who recently regained her permanent residency status after a long battle against deportation, has been released from hospital.
Last Friday the federal government granted her permanent residence under the Humanitarian and Compassion Program.
The 33-year-old mother of four had been facing deportation to Britain after the Canadian Border Services Agency looked into her citizenship while she was serving a sentence of 27 months in prison. She had been convicted of offering to traffic heroin in 2014.
She had been rushed to hospital from a prison facility in Dartmouth on Aug. 12 for a series of colon surgeries, leaving her in fragile health. A CBSA doctor had deemed Cramman fit to travel, but her surgeon warned she needed to remain in Canada for about 18 months to recover.
Cramman will be heading to Sydney, N.S. where she’ll live at a halfway house run by the Elizabeth Fry Society, which had been advocating for Cramman to be taken off the detention list.
Dartmouth MLA Marian Mancini, who had been helping Cramman with her case, said living in Sydney may be difficult for the 33-year-old.
“I know for her it’s going to be difficult because she’s never been to Cape Breton and she doesn’t know anybody there, so there’s a loneliness factor,” said Mancini. “But I know that the people who will be, you know, involved in her care will be looking after that.”
Mancini said Cramman will be able to Skype with her children who are living in Ontario.
She added Cramman is looking at returning to Ontario once her parole is over.