NORWALK - An Indian family living in southwestern Connecticut says their baby boy will not lose his eyesight after all, thanks to an emergency diplomatic effort by Sen. Richard Blumenthal.
Irfan Unnisa said yesterday that Blumenthal got her family final approval for an emergency extension on their visa, so they won't be forced to return to their native India.
She says the extension means that her 19-month-old son Mohammed will be able to get critical follow-up care he needs for his recent cornea transplant.
The family came to America last year to receive the transplant.
The boy was born blind, but doctors say because of the surgery, he now has some sight.
Unnisa says that when Blumenthal learned that her son could lose that newfound vision forever, he intervened on emergency humanitarian grounds to get her family special permission to stay.
Mohammed's medical treatments begin on Monday.