'Nearly-Comatose' Pakistani Student May Be Sent Home


Shahzaib Bajwa's older brother, Muhammad Shahraiz Bajwa, said that the hospital had asked their mother to sign a consent form to allow them to discharge Shahzaib Bajwa and arrange transport back to Pakistan, but he had told her to wait to sign it.

Shahzaib Bajwa said that he and his mother want to keep the 20-year-old student in the U.S. because they believe his health could deteriorate greatly if he's sent on a 24 to 30 hour flight to Pakistan and receive substandard care in that country.

Shahraiz Bajwa said their insurance, received through Shahzaib Bajwa's exchange program, has offered to find a hospital to put his brother in Pakistan. But he doesn't believe his brother can survive in Pakistan.

"It's pushing him towards death," said Shahraiz Bajwa. "That hospital will take him out when he runs out of money."

According to the Associated Press, Shahraiz Bajwa said his brother's health insurance policy has a cap of $100,000. Shahraiz Bajwa said Essentia has not charged the health insurance company for his brothers' care so that the money would be available for his care in Pakistan.

However, Shahzaib Bajwa estimates the coverage will only last a few months before it runs out. The family has started online fundraising to raise money for Shahzaib Bajwa to be sent to a nursing home.

"I am the head of my family. We don't have any resources because I am also a student," said Shahraiz Bajwa. "We don't have enough resources to afford medical care."

The Associated Press has contributed to this report.

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