Two-year-old Abdullah Hassan is on life support at a hospital in Oakland, California. Born with a rare brain disease, the young boy doesn’t have long to live. Sadly, his mother likely won’t be able to say goodbye to her son in person because of Donald Trump’s Muslim travel ban.
Hassan’s mother is of Yemeni descent while his dad, a U.S. citizen, lives in Stockton, California. Despite the family connection, his mother has not been able to gain access to the United States according to The Daily Beast.
Abdullah is currently being watched after at UCSF Benioff Children’s Hospital Oakland. Despite the family preparing to remove the young boy from life support, the U.S. State Department has allegedly completely ignored their request for a waiver.
“All she wishes is to hold his hand for the last time,” Abdullah’s father, Ali Hassan, told The San Francisco Chronicle “If I could take him off the ventilator and to the airplane, I would take him to her. I would let her see him. But he won’t make it.”
Hassan’s father says she has been crying every day and begging “please help me get to my son.”
Sadly, with no support from the U.S. State Department, this already grieving mother may not be given the opportunity to see her dying son one last time.
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