Ali Hassan and his 2-year-old son Abdullah.

Council on American Islamic Relations, Sacramento Valley

Yemeni Mom Receives Permission To Visit Her Dying 2-Year-Old Son In Oakland

"This will allow us to mourn with dignity."

KCBS Radio Morning News
December 18, 2018 - 10:01 am

A mother from Yemen has received a visa waiver to visit her two-year-old son who's dying in an Oakland hospital after complaints that the Trump administration's travel ban had prevented her from saying goodbye to her child. 

Abdullah Hassan is on life support at UCSF Benioff Children's Hospital, and doctors have said they expect him to soon succumb to a rare genetic brain disorder. His father Ali Hassan, a U.S. citizen in Stockton, brought Abdullah here in October for treatment. 

But the boy's mother Shaima Swileh, a Yemeni citizen in Egypt, had not received a response from her application for a visa waiver. until Tuesday, according to the Council on American Islamic Relations' Sacramento Valley chapter.

"This is the happiest day of my life," said Ali Hassan in a statement. "This will allow us to mourn with dignity."

She's expected to arrive on Wednesday, according to the Mercury News

The notification that Swileh could enter the country came a day after Abdullah's father and CAIR officials staged a press conference about the boy's dire medical condition. 

Swileh appeared to have been caught up in a policy by the Trump administration that banned citizens of eight countries — including Yemen and four other Muslim-majority states —from visiting the United States. 

Written by Diana Shook.