A 4-month-old Iranian girl suffering from a rare condition who was affected by US President Donald Trump’s Muslim ban is now doing well and making good progress after her life-saving surgery last Friday.
The Iranian girl, Fatemeh Reshad, and her parents were about to enter the United States with a travel visa for Fatemeh’s surgery but their visa was canceled last month after Trump’s entry band went into effect.
Trump’s order banned immigrants and refugees of seven Muslim majority countries, including Iran, from entering the United States.
Fatemeh and her parents arrived in Portland a few days after their visa to the U.S. was cancelled due to Trump’s temporary ban.
Fortunately, the delayed arrival to the United States did not affect her condition, the girl’s doctors said during a news conference Monday.
“Her heart function looks beautiful,” said Dr. Laurie Armsby, associate professor and interim head of the hospital's Division of Pediatric Cardiology.
“We're really pleased with how the surgery went and have a very strong sense at this point that she's going to recover fully and go on to lead a happy and healthy life.”
For now, the infant remains in intensive care and the doctors said it’s still unclear how long her recovery will take.