Critically ill boy dies 10 days after mum granted US visa to see him

Vastavam web: A critically-ill boy has died 10 days after his Yemeni mother finally won a 17-month legal battle to visit him in the United States. Shaima Swileh saw two-year-old Abdullah in hospital for the first time on 19 December, after the Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR) sued the Trump administration – fighting for Ms Swileh to be granted a waiver from the president’s travel ban. People from Yemen and four other mostly Muslim countries, along with North Korea and Venezuela, are currently restricted from visiting the US.

His father, Ali Hassan, said the family was “heartbroken”, adding: “We had to say goodbye to our baby, the light of our lives.” The couple – who got married in war-torn Yemen in 2016 before moving to Egypt – had been trying to get Ms Swileh a visa since 2017. Like his father, Abdullah was an American citizen, and Mr Hassan took him to California in the autumn to seek treatment as his condition worsened. Ms Swileh is not a US citizen and remained in Egypt while fighting to get access.