Tuesday, January 28, 2020

US Bans Yemen Mum From Visiting Dying Toddler

The Yemeni mother of a dying boy in California is being prevented from seeing him due to a US ban on visitors from her country, the family says.

The BBC reports that two-year-old Abdullah Hassan was born with a brain disease that doctors say he will not survive.

His relatives  were quoted as saying that his mother wants to see him one last time before they take him off life-support.

According to the BBC, his father says the boy’s mother cannot come to the US due to the Trump administration’s travel ban.

Abdullah and his father are American, says the family.

“All she wishes is to hold his hand for the last time,” the boy’s father, Ali Hassan, 22, told the San Francisco Chronicle on Sunday.

He said the boy would probably die if he is taken to Egypt, where his mother is currently living.

Mr Hassan’s wife, Shaima Swileh, is currently seeking a waiver from the US Department of State to travel to the US urgently.

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