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Family: 'Verbal Assurances' Pakistani Patient Will Not Be Deported

Updated: 02/15/2014 10:35 PM
Created: 02/15/2014 6:41 PM WDIO.com

The brother of a Pakistani exchange student still recovering in a Duluth hospital says authorities have assured him that he won't be deported.

Muhammad Shahzaib Bajwa was facing deportation to Pakistan when his student visa expires at the end of February. He remains comatose 3 months after a vehicle-deer accident, and the foreign exchange student was only registered for one semester at UWS.

Bajwa's brother, Muhammad Shahraiz Bajwa, posted on his GoFundme page on Saturday that the Pakistani Consulate in Chicago and the State Department have given "verbal assurances" that Shahzaib Bajwa will not be deported.

“Everybody has stepped forward trying to help in whatever way they can," Shahraiz Bajwa told Eyewitness News on Saturday. "It's very nice, and I appreciate everybody that has helped us and contributed to our cause."

He said he expects an official decision by the end of next week.

The online medical fund he started for his brother has raised over $100,000 in less than a week. Shahraiz Bajwa said that even if his brother is allowed to stay, Essentia Health will stop paying his medical expenses on February 28th. He said they will need $300,000 to ensure that Shahzaib receives the medical care he needs.

Donations can be made by clicking here.

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