An Iranian baby girl with a heart defect is set to have a life-saving surgery in Portland after she was temporary banned from entering the country by the controversial travel ban signed by President Donald Trump.
On Tuesday, Fatemeh Reshad was admitted to OHSU Doernbecher Children’s Hospital in Portland, where the 4-month-old is undergoing a series of tests for her surgery, the hospital said in a press release Friday.
A quick update on Doernbecher patient Fatemeh, for those who've been asking.
— Doernbecher Hospital (@OHSUDoernbecher) February 11, 2017
The news came one week after the tourist visa for Fatemah’s family was abruptly canceled due to Trump’s executive order banning the entry of people from seven predominately Muslim countries, including Iran, Fox News reported. A waiver was then granted for the family to travel.
Fatemah suffers from a life-threatening congenital heart defect called transposition of the great arteries with ventricle septal defects and pulmonary arterial hypertension, which can cause irreversible damage to the lungs if left untreated.
On Friday, her team of doctors performed a cardiac catheterization, which tested the extent of injury to her lungs prior to surgery. The procedure “went well,” said Laurie Armsby, the associate professor of pediatrics for the Division of Pediatric Cardiology at OHSU Doernbecher Children’s Hospital.
Fatemah’s heart defects can be repaired by closing the holes in her heart and reconnecting the transposed arteries to the proper pumping chambers of the heart, said Irving Shen, professor of surgery and head of the Division of Pediatric Cardiac Surgery at OHSU Doernbecher Children’s Hospital
If the surgery is successful, Fatemah’s health care team expects her to remain in the hospital for up to three weeks.
Her family “expresses their profound gratitude for the expert care their child is receiving and for the constant stream of support from people around the world,” the hospital said.
The family chose Portland to seek care for Fatemah due to proximity to family and because of OHSU’s expertise in treatment of the heart condition she is suffering from.
(H/T: Fox News)
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