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Australia rejects visa application, risking child life

Melbourne: Five-year-old Ghulam Muhammad is suffering from an unusual genetic illness, doctors have described travel at this stage as dangerous. Ghulam Mohammad’s father says he and his family will have to leave Australia.

They were notified on August 22 that their visa application for permanent residence was rejected due to the child’s medical condition. 5 years Chiffon Ghulam Mohammed was born in Australia in 2002 and is suffering from a very rare genetic disorder called Chondrodysplasia punctate.

He has a problem with his spine as a result of his illness. In simple terms he is paralyzed from the neck down. His respiratory system is also weak and Ghulam Muhammad has no control over the intestines and bladder.

Unfortunately, his brain stopped functioning properly in March 2000 due to breathing problems. Ghulam Muhammad is being treated at Perth Children’s Hospital Australia.

The family fears the baby could not travel as advised by her pediatrician. Further, there is no medical expertise in the home country to care for such a complex and complicated disease. These factors can be detrimental to their health and fitness, potentially limiting life.

He is still alive due to the best health care in Australia. Ghulam Mohammad’s father requested the Australian Interior Minister to intervene on the basis of sympathy and issue a visa. The only purpose of living in Australia is to treat the son.

Reported by our correspondent Syed Kumail Haider in Australia

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