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October 21, 2016 07:06
Desperate Pak family awaits US visa for 6-year-old girl!

A little ailing Pakistani girl and her family is desperately waiting for the US visa. Maria is just six years old but a rare genetic disease has left her frail body wracked with pain and stunted her growth.

Soon she will be unable to walk because her vertebrae are compressing her spinal cord.

The Associated Press reported, the girl’s father, Shahid Ullah said that, a hospital in the United States has offered to perform a surgery for free that could significantly improve Maria’s quality of her life, but the American Embassy in Islamabad has so far twice refused to give the family visas to travel to the US. When he submitted a visa application again, he was told it will “take time,” he said.

Frustrated and frightened, Ullah has now turned to an American lawyer, Facebook and the media for help, starting a campaign.

US Embassy spokeswoman Fleur S Cowan declined to comment on Maria’s case, citing privacy laws, but said she would look into the matter. In Washington, the State Departments said visa records are confidential under US law and that it could not “comment on the specifics of an individual visa case.”

The surgery has been scheduled to be performed on November 2 in the United States and he is pleading with anyone who will listen that Maria’s “case is different.”

“If we delay Maria’s surgery, there will be too many problems,” said the father. He said Maria has to be in the United States by next Wednesday for pre-surgery tests.

The father said he embarked on the tortuous quest to find help for Maria nearly four years ago, researching her condition, sending her blood and urine samples to laboratories in India and Germany, connected with families of children with the same disorder, known as Morquio Syndrome.

“From all over the world parents with children with the same disease helped me, they were so kind,” he said.

“I don’t know what to do, who should I contact,” he says. “Maria is in a lot of pain now, she can no longer hold a pencil or a pen.”

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