Pakistani student to stay in US for medical treatment

By KBJR News 1

Pakistani student to stay in US for medical treatment

February 20, 2014 Updated Feb 20, 2014 at 6:49 PM CST

Duluth, MN (NNCNOW.com)--- It's a sigh of relief for the family of a Pakistani student who is recovering from a traumatic brain injury in a Duluth hospital.

22-year-old Shahzeib Bajwa will not be deported back to Pakistan.

Bajwa's brother says the family met with the Consulate General of Pakistan from the Chicago Consul last night in Duluth, and that the consul and State Department have agreed to extend his brother's visa.

Shahraiz Bajwa says the family is working with Essentia Health St Mary's Duluth to transfer Bajwa to a long term health care facility.

An insurance company will cover medical expenses until November of this year, before the family will have to take over paying for all future medical expenses.

Bajwa will need facial reconstruction surgery and long-term rehabilitation care.

An online medical fundraising site has collected more than $132,000 to go towards his future medical expenses.

Bajwa remains at Essentia Health St Marys recovering from a traumatic brain injury nearly three months after his vehicle collided with a deer.

Written and posted to the web by Raeanna Marnati
rmarnati@kbjr.com

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