This Yemeni mother was reunited with her dying two-year-old son after she was originally barred from entering the U.S. under the White House travel ban.
Shaima Swileh was granted a visa waiver on December 18 so that she could visit her son Abdullah, who is currently at UCSF Benioff Children’s Hospital in Oakland, CA.
Swileh’s husband Ali Hassan is a U.S. citizen and brought Abdullah to California two months ago to get treatment for a genetic brain condition. He was put on life support after his condition worsened.
Swileh hadn’t seen her son since Oct 1. She currently lives in Egypt and was banned from the U.S. as a Yemeni national.
According to the Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR), the State Department granted her a visa waiver after the family’s story spread on the news and social media.
Hassan said he was about to pull their son off life support when CAIR-Sacramento Valley stepped in to help get Swileh back to the U.S.
CAIR says the U.S. embassy in Cairo delayed her visa application until the organization brought media attention and filed a lawsuit.
“We are so relieved that this mother will get to hold and kiss her son one last time,” civil rights attorney Saad Sweilem said. “The public outpouring of support for this family was incredible.”