US Bans Yemen Mother From Visiting Dying Baby Son
A Yemeni mother has been prevented from visiting her terminally ill son who is in the US with his American father.
Two-year-old Abdullah Hassan was born with the brain disease hypomyelination, which affects his ability to breathe.
The genetic disorder will soon kill him. Hassan was recently placed on life support as he enters the final stages of life, and his mother, Shaima Swileh, is desperate to see him before the machine is turned off.
But there is one fundamental problem.
Abdullah's mother currently lives in Egypt and is unable to travel to California under the Trump administration's travel ban.
"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 also said if the young boy was taken to Egypt, the journey would most likely kill him.
Hassan was born in California, but has always maintained close ties with his family in Yemen. He met his wife in Yemen and the couple have a number of children together.
When little Abdullah was eight-months-old, the family fled from Yemen to Egypt to escape the dangerous civil war raging in the country. Just three months ago, Hassan bought Abduallah to the US for medical treatment, leaving his wife and the rest of the family behind.
With no other option left, little Abdullah's mother is urgently seeking a waiver from the Department of State to travel to the US before her child dies.
There's no word yet on when or if the waiver will be granted.
Trump's travel ban applies travel restrictions on mainly majority Muslim nations. It bans nationals from Iran, North Korea, Venezuela, Libya, Somalia, Syria and Yemen from entering the United States.
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