Shahzaib Bajwa: Visa issue resolved, says brother

Published: February 20, 2014

Muhammad Shahzaib Bajwa, 20, was spending a semester in an exchange programme at the University of Wisconsin-Superior. PHOTO: SUPPORT FOR SHAHZAIB BAJWA FACEBOOK PAGE

WASHINGTON: The visa issue of Pakistani exchange student Muhammad Shahzaib Bajwa has been resolved, according to his brother, Express News reported on Thursday.

His brother, Shahraiz Bajwa, also said that the insurance company will pay the medical bills and Shahzaib will be treated in the US.

Shahraiz stated that Shahzaib’s health has improved and he is showing signs of recovery.

Shahzaib, 20, was spending a semester in an exchange programme at the University of Wisconsin-Superior, studying anthropology and sociology.

On November 13, 2013, he and his friends were driving back to the university from Minneapolis when their car struck a deer, his brother Shahraiz had said.

What was meant to be an academic semester abroad through a State Department-backed exchange programme has turned into a complex journey through US insurance, medical and visa regulations for the family from Faisalabad.

The brother had earlier said that the insurance company was pressing the family to sign off on returning Shahzaib to Pakistan once his visa runs out at the end of the month, threatening not to pay evacuation costs if the family refuses.

“My mother is not going to sign because that would be like killing her son with her own hand,” the brother had stated.

Reader Comments (16)

  • Irfan
    Feb 20, 2014 - 9:21AM

    Congratulations. I hope and pray that he makes the full recovery.

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  • John
    Feb 20, 2014 - 9:25AM

    To all US bashers,will something stop you from appreciating this humane step?

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  • Ch. Allah Daad
    Feb 20, 2014 - 9:40AM

    We were optimistic that America will never disappoint us. Thank you.

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  • AMIR
    Feb 20, 2014 - 9:47AM

    What about the donations which you have collected online ???

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  • Saad
    Feb 20, 2014 - 10:19AM

    Thank you USA

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  • Raj - USA
    Feb 20, 2014 - 10:21AM

    Good news for the family in the very difficult times. Let us pray that he gets well soon. I have a feeling that his condition is improving that may have prompted the insurance company to review their earlier stance.

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  • congratulations
    Feb 20, 2014 - 10:32AM

    Thank you insurance company, thank you America!

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  • Kay
    Feb 20, 2014 - 11:27AM

    Surprising…he doesnt want to return and be treated in the land of pure.

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  • Pleased
    Feb 20, 2014 - 11:29AM

    Here’s hoping Shahzib will get well soon! Good to hear the visa issues has been resolved and the Insurance company will pay the medical bills too. Thank you America.

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  • Arsie
    Feb 20, 2014 - 12:40PM

    A shutup call to all US bashers n taliban sympathisers.US is making the right moves. The suspension of drone campaign has totally exposed the Taliban and their supporters who had been projecting drones as the cause of all evils.Recommend

  • ishrat salim
    Feb 20, 2014 - 2:50PM

    Generally, the people and American system is humane, but their foreign policy is based on security interest, which each successive govt, whether Democrats or Republicans are bound to carry on to protect America & American interest….I wish if this view is appreciated by all….Recommend

  • unbelievable
    Feb 20, 2014 - 7:25PM

    Last article indicated that his insurance was only good for $100,000 and the Catholic hospital had already written off $350,000 of bills. This article doesn’t really explain much – yeah the insurance company has to fill it’s obligation and use the $100,000 for medical bills but a USA hospital stay is expensive and he’s probably racking up a $1,000 day bill so that won’t go far. Article really doesn’t tell you “how long” he’s likely to stay.

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  • john thomas
    Feb 20, 2014 - 8:38PM

    This is nothing to do with Pakistan or USA, this decision only based on greed (money) Hospital don’t want lose money taking care of this patient and insurance agency don’t want to pay for his medical bill, only reson this got solved is because this news made it in to news media and online now hospital and insurance compainy and imigration don’t want to look bad.

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  • Debbi
    Feb 20, 2014 - 9:20PM

    I am so glad this was resolved, so he is able to continue getting care here.

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  • MK
    Feb 20, 2014 - 9:54PM

    @Arsie:

    Extreme liking (ignoring all the wrong doings) and extreme hatred (ignoring any good actions) is common attitude in Sub Continent.Extremists like you are part of the problem, either extreme is wrong.
    If you think rationally you will notice no one person or country is absolutely and always right or absolutely wrong. This is a great step by US to let him stay and treated. He cannot survive long trip back to Pakistan in the condition he is in (@Kay).

    Like any other country US does right and wrong things.And you cannot link this to drones, bombing, and CIA sponsored killings coups (past and present).

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  • Susan M Jones
    Feb 23, 2014 - 12:22AM

    I am very glad that he gets to stay and he will get the medical care he needs now. When this story first broke, I was very angry that he may have been deported. I’m an American, and it seemed like we have all these illegals coming in from Mexico who get food stamps and money and health care and everything else, and here’s one person, a student, trying to do something with his life, here legally, gets into an accident not his fault, in the hospital, in a coma, and they were going to send HIM home to die?? I was very very angry, so this story here is VERY good news. Thank you God, thank you USA my country for not disappointing me. My prayers are with this family, I truly hope he makes a good recovery.

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