The Iranian baby girl who needs a heart surgery has been granted an emergency waiver to enter the United States after U.S. President Donald Trump's Muslim ban. The announcement was made by New York governor Andrew Cuomo.
On a previous report, 4-month-old Fatemeh needs urgent surgery to correct serious heart defects, or else she will die. But because of President Trump's travel ban which prevented people from seven Muslim countries (Iran, Iraq, Libya, Somalia, Sudan, Syria and Yemen) from entering the US, Fatemeh's appointment to get a tourist visa was cancelled.
The Federal Government Granted Fatemeh And Her Family Boarding Documents
The baby and her family planned to enter the U.S. earlier this week after picking up a tourist visa in Dubai. Samad Taghizadeh, Fatemeh's uncle said that doctors from Iran told the family that the baby needs at least one surgery - and maybe several others - to correct the serious heart defects.
However, CNN reported that because of several requests sent to Secretary of State Rex Tillerson by congressional Democrats, a waiver was granted for the child and her parents to come into the country for surgery. Gov. Cuomo said on a statement released Friday that the federal government has now granted Fatemeh Reshad and her family boarding documents to come to the United States.
Mount Sinai Hospital Offered To Provide Surgery And Medical Care For Free
Fox News said that Gov. Cuomo worked with the International Refugee Assistance Project to secure the waiver. He also added that he will continue to work with the group "to ensure this baby receives the treatment she needs, and fight for those being unfairly shut out of America's gates by this policy."
The Governor also said that a law firm has agreed to cover the family's travel expenses, and Mount Sinai Hospital's pediatric cardiac surgical team "has generously offered to provide the surgery and medical care at no cost to the family."