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Terminally Ill Teen Struggles to Reunite with Parents in Pakistan

Every year, millions of people around the world apply for visas to visit the United States. But experts say national security concerns – like the terrorist attacks in Paris – have made that process much more difficult. Now, it may be blocking a final reunion between a terminally ill teenager in Houston and her parents […]

Qirat Chappra - Photo - Fatima Puri

Every year, millions of people around the world apply for visas to visit the United States. But experts say national security concerns – like the terrorist attacks in Paris – have made that process much more difficult.

Now, it may be blocking a final reunion between a terminally ill teenager in Houston and her parents in Pakistan. News 88.7's Syeda Hasan reports.

(Above: Qirat Chappra — center — celebrates Halloween at a carnival put on by her hospital. Photo: Fatima Puri)

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Michael Hagerty

Michael Hagerty

Senior Producer, Houston Matters

Michael Hagerty is the senior producer for Houston Matters. He's spent more than 20 years in public radio and television and dabbled in minor league baseball, spending four seasons as the public address announcer for the Reno Aces, the Triple-A affiliate of the Arizona Diamondbacks.

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