Family of gravely ill Iranian baby will be allowed into U.S. for life-saving surgery

Family of gravely ill Iranian baby will be allowed into U.S. for life-saving surgery
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The family of an Iranian infant who was temporarily banned from coming to the United States for life-saving heart surgery is “overwhelmingly relieved and thrilled” the child will now be able to have the treatment, their lawyer said Saturday.

Jennifer M. Morrissey, an attorney representing the family of Fatemeh Reshad, said she wasn’t sure where the family was Saturday, but they had been expected to travel to Abu Dhabi in the United Arab Emirates for pre-clearance after a Seattle judge blocked enforcement of President Donald Trump’s immigration and refugee ban.

Lawyers had been seeking an exemption from the travel ban on the family’s behalf, Morrissey told a news conference Saturday at Oregon Health Sciences University’s Doernbecher Children’s Hospital, where Fatemah will be treated. She called the case “an extremely poignant example of the impact of the ban.”

“It’s probably the clearest illustration I can think of offhand of why the travel ban was poorly thought out, poorly executed and had significant humanitarian consequences,” she said.

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