UPDATE| Iranian baby girl in need of life-saving heart surgery has been granted a waiver to enter the United States after Gov. Andrew Cuomo helped the family obtain legal assistance to travel despite being initially barred due to President Trump's immigration ban.
Now, 4-month-old Fatemah Reshad will receive the surgery by a team of doctors at Mount Sinai Hospital for free.
Watch| A four-month-old Iranian girl was headed to Portland, Oregon for heart surgery, but was stopped at the overseas airport due to President Trump's recent immigration order, affiliate KATU reported.
They said this is a miracle, we don't know how she had lived with the big problem she had. Immediately she has to do the surgery.
Fatemah has a heart condition, which her family had learned during a routine checkup and she will need to undergo surgery soon. Samad Taghizadeh, Fatemah's uncle, lives in Portland, Oregon with the infant's grandparents and are American citizens.
The family chose to have Fatemah's open-heart surgery at Oregon Health & Science University which is known for being one of the top pediatric cardiology programs in the U.S. and facilities in Iran do not have the necessary equipment for such a procedure.
Taghizadeh helped translate the visa paperwork, schedule appointments and his niece were set to meet with doctors at OHSU on February 5th. Fatemah and her mother flew to Dubai on Saturday, which is when they learned they could not make the connecting flight to the United States.
I got the email and everything was canceled, we were shocked, I tried to call and send email no one called back.
Iran is one of seven countries included in President Trump’s executive order banning immigration and refugees. Taghizadeh was told to apply for new visas in 90 days when the executive order is set to expire, but he fears they don't have 90 days to wait.
Taghizadeh says he is hoping for a miracle.