Donald Trump's Travel Ban Effect: Iranian Baby's Much-Needed Heart Surgery Delayed

U.S. President Donald Trump signed an Executive Order last week suspending United States entry for people travelling from seven Muslim countries - Iran, Iraq, Libya, Somalia, Sudan, Syria and Yemen. This caused chaos and confusion, and it clearly affected the lives of a lot of people, including 4-month-old Iranian girl, Fatemah.

The Baby Needs A Critical Heart Surgery Or She Will Die

The Washington Times said that the family of the baby need to bring her to Portland, Oregon so she can have a critical heart surgery. Iranian doctors told the parents weeks ago that the baby needed at least one urgent surgery - and possibly several more - to correct serious heart defects, or else she will die.

The baby's uncle, Samad Taghizadeh, a U.S. citizen who lives in Portland, said that the family had an appointment in Dubai to get a tourist visa on February 5 which was cancelled after Trump's Muslim ban. The family had to return to Iraq with the baby after the cancellation.

Gov. Andrew Cuomo Promised To Help If The Baby's Plane Lands In New York

According to New York Post, New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo expressed outrage over this issue and said that an exception should be made for baby Fatemah. Gov. Cuomo took to Twitter Thursday to post Fatemah's story, and said: "Here's the consequence of this un-American policy. An exception should be made. If OR has issue, NY will provide care."

Gov. Cuomo's spokesman Rich Azzopardi said that the pain and damage of the "flawed federal policy is especially repulsive in this case" which prevented the baby from getting a treatment that could save her life. Azzopardi said that Gov. Cuomo will personally make sure the baby get the health care she needs, if the plane lands in New York.

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