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Iranian doctors told the child's parents weeks ago that she needed at least one urgent surgery - and maybe several - to correct serious heart defects, or she would die, according to her uncle, Samad Taghizadeh, a United States citizen who lives in Portland.

Armsby said the doctors at Doernbecher have committed to working with Fatemah's medical team in Iran to collaborate on continuing care once she is released and returns home.

Her family did all of the paperwork to get travel visas, and her family already living in OR said the baby can't afford to wait for the surgery.

Fatemeh's family had an appointment in Dubai to obtain a tourist visa to the United States, but it was abruptly canceled after Trump's order, according to the AP. She said the infant is expected in Portland early next week.

The federal government has granted boarding documents to a 4-month-old Iranian girl who needs a life-saving surgery and was prevented from entering the US due to President Donald Trump's executive order on immigration, New York's governor said Friday.

Earlier on Friday, US Congresswoman Suzanne Bonamici, a Democrat from OR, criticized the ban on the US House of Representatives. She's a four-month-old baby girl who is in immediate need of open-heart surgery.

The form of congenital heart disease she has is rare, Armsby said, affecting roughly two out of every 10,000 children.

Trump signed an executive order last week that sparked protests across the country and confusion at airports as some travelers were detained.

New York Governor Andrew Cuomo has expressed outrage and said the Empire State would be glad to help little Fatemah. "I'm feeling nowhere is safe", Taghizadeh said.

On Friday, Ontario's health minister Eric Hoskins said the province would provide life-saving care to children whose surgeries have been cancelled in the United States as a result recent travel restrictions.

"Why we came to USA, we came here for freedom".

"Here's the outcome of this un-American policy", Cuomo tweeted yesterday.

He said that a team of pediatric cardiac doctors at Mount Sinai Hospital in NY had agreed to help the family pro bono, and that a law firm was funding the travel.

All of the families travel and housing costs will also be covered by well-wishers.

So the family chose to bring Fatemah to OHSU for what they believe will be a much higher quality surgery and to be closer to family members who live in Oregon.


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