After the President signed the executive order banning all Muslim-nationals from the U.S., many immigrants returning to the country after a holiday faced the gloomy prospect of not being able to resume their daily lives in the land of the free because of the restrictions. However, a judge temporarily suspended the order and immigrants rushed back into the country. Among stories of Muslim students unable to return to colleges, doctors stuck in limbo, and families broken apart, there was an Iranian baby that was scheduled to undergo a lifesaving procedure in a hospital in Oregon but was denied access to the country.
On Tuesday, February 7th, however, the Iranian baby and his family were granted access to the country and was subsequently admitted to an Oregon hospital. Fatemeh Reshad was suffering from a birth defect that led to heart disease and required immediate attention, otherwise her life would have been in danger. Samad Taghizadeh, a U.S. citizen who lives in Portland and also the baby’s uncle told reporters he has been providing the family with resources to come to the U.S. in order to seek medical help for Fatemeh.
Days before learning about the President’s executive order, the Iranian baby and her family were in Dubai to get a tourist visa. However, the best chance of survival for Fatemeh was abruptly canceled and the family was forced to return to their home country.
“Fatemeh looks well”, said the Division of Pediatric Cardiology at OHSU Doernbecher Chlidren’s Hospital interim head, Dr Laurie Armsby to Fatemeh’s parents on Tuesday.
The health expert confirmed the Iranian baby was in need of urgent medical treatment, deeming her status stable at the moment, fortunately. Several people who played a great part in the family’s arrival to the U.S. for their baby’s sake were U.S. Senator Jeff Merkley, an Oregon Democrat, together with Andrew Cuomo, New York Governor, and immigration attorneys.
Hospital officials issued a statement saying the family extends their sincere thanks to all the people involved in Fatemeh’s arrival to the United States. According to health officials, the family opted to transfer Fatemeh to a U.S.-based hospital for the American doctor’s level of professionalism and because they would be closer to their relatives upon Fatemeh’s recovery.
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