Pakistan Student in Comatose Condition

Pakistani student Shahzaib Bajwa, who suffered an accident while studying in the US, faces possible repatriation with expiry of his visa despite his comatose condition, Express News reported on Wednesday.

Bajwa was studying at the University of Wisconsin-Superior as part of an exchange program when on November 13, he suffered severe skull injury when the car struck a deer, as he was driving back from Minneapolis with his friends

His brother Shahraiz Bajwa told Express News that Shahzaib was conscious and able to speak until he arrived at the hospital. He suffered a cardiac arrest because of which blood filled his lungs and oxygen supply to the brain was temporarily blocked, worsening Shahzaib’s condition.

Shahraiz added that the hospital had requested to extend the visa once to see if his condition was improving, but is unwilling to do so again, putting at risk further care for Shahzaib.

Pakistan’s Ambassador to the United States Jalil Abbas Jilani has instructed the Consul General in Chicago to help the family in every way possible.

Press Attache Ahmed Nadeem Sadiq Hotiana informed Express News that the embassy has facilitated the family with the visa procedure and with their travel to and within the US.

Shahzaib hails from Faisalabad and was an anthropology major at Lahore University of Management Sciences (LUMS). He was also a member of international non-profit student organization AIESEC. - The Express Tribune

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