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12:00 AM, December 21, 2018 / LAST MODIFIED: 12:06 AM, December 21, 2018

Yemeni mother arrives in US to see her dying son

A Yemeni mother who was granted a waiver from President Donald Trump's ban on travel from several Muslim majority countries has arrived in the US to say goodbye to her dying toddler son.

Shaima Swileh wore dark glasses as she walked into the arrivals terminal at San Francisco airport Wednesday night. A group of supporters carrying placards greeted her.

Her two-year-old boy Abdullah Hassan, a US citizen like his father, suffers from a rare genetic brain condition and is on life support in a hospital in Oakland, California.

But Swileh had been unable to join him due to Trump's order barring visitors from six countries including Yemen.

After a tearful televised plea from the boy's father prompted public outrage, the US embassy in Cairo issued a visa for Swileh, who has been living temporarily in Egypt.

The mother spent more than two months apart from her young son. She last saw him on October 1 when her husband, Ali Hassan, 22, flew him to the United States for treatment. Abdullah is the couple's only child.

Hassan said he had been ready to take his son off life support last week after doctors said the case was terminal, with his wife only receiving automated replies when inquiring with US authorities on her visa application.

Trump vowed during the 2016 campaign to ban all Muslims from entering the United States, despite constitutional protections of freedom of religion, after a mass shooting in California by a couple of Pakistani descent.

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