Yet another horrific case of a family being devastated by President Donald Trump’s Muslim ban has surfaced. The ban targets seven Muslim-majority countries, including four-month-old Fatemah’s home country of Iran.
Fatemah was scheduled to have open heart surgery in America just days after the travel ban took effect. Now she is trapped in the Middle East and her family is forced to choose between risking a more dangerous surgery at home and trying to wait out the travel ban.
Her uncle, Sam Taghizadeh, has given a heart-wrenching interview (video below). Fatemah’s grandparents are American citizens and her family had put a lot of time and effort into arranging the trip for her to travel the globe for quality medical care. When they went for a final check at the American consulate in Dubai they were informed that they were no longer allowed to travel to the U.S. until further notice is given.
Taghizadeh told the press, “Over [in Iran] it’s a very high risk because that is open heart surgery. It’s like a nightmare. You know, in the one night everything changes. Now you don’t know what you’re going to do.”
He explained that: “For getting the visa, they ask for lot of the paperwork. You have to do many things, you know. For three weeks we working for every single thing they wanted. All the paper, everything was ready, and just in the last minute they canceled everything.”
There is no word on what Fatemah’s family is planning to do now that they are living in a nightmare. The specific condition she has is not public so we have no way of knowing how Trump’s ban could impact her chances of survival. Our thoughts are with Fatemah and her family as they are forced to endure great hardship and tragedy at the hands of America’s tyrant-in-chief.
Marisa completed her undergraduate degree in 2013 at the University of Wisconsin with a double major in creative writing and media studies. She is an advocate of progressive policies and focuses her interests on gender equality and preventing sexual and domestic violence.