A four-month old girl with a heart condition was supposed to fly in to Oregon for an appointment for surgery next week, but she and her family were not able to finish their trip because of Donald Trump’s executive order on immigration. Four-month-old Fatemah and her family do not have permission to come into the United States even though they filled out the paperwork for tourist visas for the surgery, and even though her grandparents and uncle are American citizens. Fatemah has a very serious heart condition. Concerned about the quality of medical services in her birth country of Iran, Fatemah’s family decided they wanted her to have surgery in the U.S.
With everything set, the family boarded a plane and headed to Dubai where they had an appointment at a U.S. consulate to apply for a tourist visa. When they landed in Dubai Saturday, they heard about President Trump’s executive order and were told they couldn’t finish their trip. Fatemah and her family left Dubai and are they are now back in Iran.
"Why we came to U.S., we came here for freedom. For a better life. I'm feeling nowhere is safe," Taghizadeh said.
OHSU said Wednesday that they have not canceled any scheduled surgeries or procedures at any facility due to a patient's immigration status. Officials there say they cannot comment on any specific patient's case due to HIPPA regulations but added that no patients would be turned away because of the travel ban.