"We're trying to get her here as quickly as possible," family attorney Jennifer Morrissey said today during a news conference at OHSU Doernbecher Children's Hospital in Portland. "The flight details are being worked out right now. But we hope that she'll be here in the next several days."
"This child coming here to Portland where their grandparents live and where their uncle lives will give the child a chance to be supported by the family," Dr. Dana Braner, the head physician of Doernbecher Children's Hospital said.
New York. Gov. Andrew Cuomo announced Friday night that a waiver had been granted to Fatemah and her family for them to come to the U.S. The waiver was apparently issued before U.S. District Judge James Robart placed a nationwide, temporary restraining order on Trump's executive action on immigrants and refugees.
Cuomo said that Mount Sinai Hospital in New York City had offered to perform the surgery at no cost to the family, but after the announcement, the baby's uncle, Samad Taghizadeh, a U.S. resident who lives in Oregon, told ABC affiliate KATU-TV News that the family will come to Portland to have the surgery at Doernbecher Children's Hospital.
According to KATU-TV, Armsby said that in the U.S., a baby born with the same condition would most likely be treated within the first week of being born and would be in intensive care for about a week. Fatemah's care will be more complicated, she said, because the baby wasn't treated immediately, and her recovery is expected to take a few months.
The Associated Press contributed to this report.