Yemeni mother of dying 2-year-old arrives at SFO


It’s a big night for one Bay Area family.

The mother of a dying boy who was granted a visa has landed at SFO around 8 p.m. on Wednesday.

It will be a bittersweet reunion for Shaima Swileh who hasn’t seen her 2-year-old son in months.

The State Department granted the visa waiver Wednesday morning after her son Abdullah’s story spread on social media.

Abdullah suffers from a genetic brain condition that continues to worsen.

Months ago, his father brought him to California to seek medical treatment.

The toddler and his dad, Ali Hassan, are US citizens, however, Shaima is a Yemeni national who currently lives in Egypt.

She was denied access to the US due to the Muslim ban.

Hassan says he was about to pull his son off life support last week and this gesture will help his family mourn with dignity.

There’s a press conference set for 8:30 on Wednesday evening at the international arrivals terminal, pending customs and flight delays.

Hassan will be speaking.

Shaima, who has been flying since Tuesday, with multiple layovers is not expected to speak.

This will be a brief interaction with the family as they head to Oakland Children’s Hospital during this difficult time.



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