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State arranges visa for sick Maldivian boy in Australia

Shahudha Mohamed
23 January 2020, MVT 20:44
Kayban Jamshaad with his mother. PHOTO/ABC NEWS
Shahudha Mohamed
23 January 2020, MVT 20:44

Minister of Foreign Affairs Abdulla Shahid stated on Thursday that visa arrangements have been made for the Maldivian boy who was ruled to be deported from Australia.

Kayban Jamshaad, a two-year-old Maldivian boy born with health complications and undergoing medical care in Australia, was facing possible deportation from the country due to its immigration laws barring visa from those with severe medical conditions.

Minister Shahid tweeted expressing his gratitude and thanked the Australian government and the country's Minister of Foreign Affairs and Trade Marise Payne for the visa arrangement.

"I wish Kayban and his family the best and hope he receives the much-needed care and support in Australia", he wrote.

Minister Shahid's tweet. PHOTO: TWITTER

Kayban has a brain injury that occurred when he was born at St John of God Banbury Hospital in Busselton, Western Australia, and severe haemophilia - a bleeding disorder which stops blood clotting.

According to Australian media ABC, he requires 24/7 medical care to manage visual impairment, seizure disorder, developmental delays and spastic quadriplegia - paralysis of all four limbs - stemming from his brain injury, and weekly medication for his haemophilia.

ABC news reports that “under Australia's immigration laws, applicants can be rejected if they have any condition which could result in significant healthcare costs or prejudice the access of Australian citizens and residents to health services".

Minister Shahid formerly requested the Australian Foreign Affairs Department on various occasions to make visa arrangements for Kayban.

After meeting with Deputy Secretary of the Australian Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade Richard Maude, Minister Shahid tweeted that he urged for the visa arrangements to be made out of humanity towards the little child.

In case Kayban did not receive the visa, an online petition was launched in the name of 'Save Kayban', which was signed by a large number of individuals.

According to ABC news, while Kayban was not granted a visa, his family attained the permit. His mother is employed as a social worker in Australia.