Trump administration’s travel ban distance mother from visiting her dying her son.
On Monday family representatives of a two-year-old dying boy reported that ban against people from several Muslim-majority countries, has distanced his mom from visiting him, the Yemeni woman is barred from visiting her 2-year-old son who is reported to be dying in a California hospital.
It is reported that the boy, Abdullah, is suffering from a genetic brain condition that has continued to worsen, was brought to the US for treatment by his father, Ali Hassan, a 22-year-old mailman from Yemen and who is also an American citizen.
Meanwhile, according to reports from the father and Council on American-Islamic Relations, a non-partisan advocacy organisation, Doctors at UCSF Benioff Children’s Hospital in Oakland believe the child does not have much longer to live. His mother, 21-year Shaima Swileh who is a Yemeni national living in Egypt, has been unable to visit her son in the US because of the travel ban that has been in effect for a year and which was upheld by the Supreme Court in June.
The family have however requested for a waiver for Swileh but is yet to receive one.
“I’m here today because my son Abdullah needs his mother,” Hassan told reporters in Sacramento. “My wife’s calling me every day wanting to kiss and hold her son for that one last time.”
The little boy is kept alive by a ventilator and may have only weeks or less to live, the family’s advocates said.
“Time’s running out please help us get my family back together again. As you know my wife was denied [entrance] to the United States to see our son,” Hassan said. “So I am here today for your support and help to bring my family together for that one last time.”