Woman misses death of husband after UK visa hold-up
Andreas Hammann suffered a heart attack while at a wedding in Scotland.
A mother desperate to obtain a UK visa to say goodbye to her dying husband arrived in the country too late, the family has confirmed.
Luchy Lopez-Hammann, 52, from Hamburg, Germany, was just an hour and a half away when her husband, Andreas Hammann, who suffered a heart attack on Saturday, died.
Mr Hammann and son John, ten, were in Scotland to attend the wedding of his nephew Kevin McLaughlin last week.
However the 59-year-old was taken ill and was rushed to Hairmyres Hospital in East Kilbride.
While he and his son are German, Mrs Lopez-Hammann holds a Peruvian passport and faced delays in obtaining a visa to reach the UK before her husband's life support was turned off.
The family criticised the situation as "ridiculous".
Mr McLaughlin, 26, from Ayr, told a newspaper Mrs Lopez-Hammann had been forced to travel 180 miles to Berlin for an interview to obtain a visa and pay 500 euro (£450).
While she was eventually granted a visa waiver to travel to Scotland, Mr McLaughlin later confirmed that it had come too late.
"His wife didn't make it in time to see him, she was hour and a half away," he said.