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2-Year-Old Yemeni Boy Dies After Mom Fought U.S. Over Travel Ban


Abdullah Hassan, the two year old boy who was battling a rare genetic brain condition, has died.

His mother, Shaima Swileh had just been granted a visa so she could visit him in a California hospital.

Hassan passed away on Friday at the UCSF Benioff Children’s Hospital in Oakland, California.

“We are heartbroken. We had to say goodbye to our baby, the light of our lives,” Hassan said. “We want to thank everyone for your love and support at this difficult time. We ask you to kindly keep Abdullah and our family in your thoughts and prayers,” Ali said in a statement to the Council on American-Islamic Relations.

Swileh lives in Egypt, and made headlines after she was initially denied a special visa to so she could see her son. 

Silweh’s husband, Ali Hassan and son are both a U.S. citizens. Ali flew their son to the hospital on October 1st so he could receive treatment.

Swileh fled her native Yemen, which is in the middle of a bloody civil war.

Though her home is now in Egypt, she was banned from entering the United States because of President Trump’s travel ban prohibiting visitors several Muslim-majority countries, including Yemen.

When their son was diagnosed, Swileh sought a waiver from the ban to visit him

On December 16, Silweh sued the U.S. State Department for a special visa that would allow her to be with Hassan.

It was granted nearly two weeks ago, according to CAIR, the nonpartisan advocacy group drew attention to the family’s plight. By December 19, she was by her son’s side in California.

Abdullah’s funeral was held Saturday.

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