A paraplegic who faces being deported from New Zealand on health grounds is appealing for an immigration policy change to stop discrimination against disabled people.

Brazil-born Juliana Carvalho, 38, has been refused NZ residence under an immigration rule barring anyone with health conditions likely to cost more than $41,000 while the health condition persists - which in Carvalho's case is the rest of her life.

But she is fighting to stay here and has gathered more than 9000 signatures on a petition asking the Government to let her stay and to "change the immigration policy that discriminates on disability and

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