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Terminally Ill Houston Teenager To Reunite With Her Parents, Granted Visas

Chappra is a U.S. citizen by birth, but her parents live in Pakistan.

Last week we told you about Qirat Chappra, who hasn’t seen her parents in thirteen years. The 18-year-old is a patient at Children’s Memorial Hermann, and her doctors say she has severe immunodeficiency that’s led to a host of other complications. Chappra is a U.S. citizen by birth, but her parents live in Pakistan.

But now after years of waiting, Naila and Idrees Chappra can be reunited with her as soon as next week. According to Children’s Memorial Hermann, Wednesday her parents were told visas have now been approved.

Here is the family’s official statement:

“We are happy to inform you that Qirat’s parents’ visa application was approved. We are overjoyed by this news, and it could not have come at a more perfect time. We have so much to give thanks for today: Qirat’s parents are going to get to come see her again. Qirat has been waiting for this day for over a decade and it’s the only thing she has wanted since then. We are grateful to everyone who signed the petition and helped make this wish a reality for Qirat and her parents. A big thanks to all the media outlets for your support in getting our story out there.  Also, a special thanks to Congressman John Culberson’s office and Gordon Quan’s law office who helped and guided us every step of the way. May God bless all of you. Please keep us in your thoughts and prayers as Qirat’s health is still very poor.  We also ask that you please respect our privacy now and allow the family to enjoy and cherish this time together in peace. If you have any questions or wish to contact us, please go through the hospital’s communications department.”

 

Qirat Chappra (center) celebrates Halloween at a carnival put on by her hospital.
Qirat Chappra (center) celebrates Halloween at a carnival put on by her hospital.

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