By DREW GARDNER
6 News Reporter
KNOXVILLE (WATE) - A Maryville woman now living overseas is on a crusade to get her Haitian husband into the United States to see their infant son who is now on life support.
The couple run an orphanage together in Haiti and had always planned to give birth in the U.S., but she went into labor before her husband's visa could be approved.
Brayden Dorsimar is now a mere 2 weeks old, but his journey to this world started hundreds of miles from UT Medical Center where he is now incubated.
His mother, Sarah Fagg met his father in Haiti after taking several mission trips to the country. The two fell in love and decided to open their own orphanage of 17 children. After some struggle the couple became pregnant with their first child.
"We had decided for me to come back during my pregnancy to the states to where I would have him and have better medical care," said Fagg.
Fagg unexpectedly went into labor on March 26, 24 weeks early. Brayden was born almost a week later on April 2.
"I praise the lord every day that I was here, because if I was going to go into pre term labor if I was in Haiti Brayden would not be here today," said Fagg.
So far Brayden's father, Yves Dorsima's, only contact with his newborn son has been through a cell phone. He applied for a tourist visa last year in order to be in the U.S. for the birth, but was denied.
"When you're applying for a tourist Visa you have to be able to prove you are coming to visit and that you're going to go back to your home country and they saw since you're married to an American why would you want to come back even though we proved I lived in Haiti most of the time," said Fagg.
After the denial Yves began the process of becoming a resident, but with Brayden's early arrival it hasn't been completed. Because of Brayden's critical condition Congressman Duncan's office helped the couple file paperwork to get an emergency tourist visa so Yves could see his baby, but Monday morning that too was denied.
"If you were out of the country and you couldn't get here and your wife goes into labor early and your son's in the NICU on life support and you couldn't do anything to get here like how you would feel and I know that he is just heartbroken that he can't be here with us," said Fagg.
The next step for Sarah is to file a petition for a humanitarian parole. She must once again prove her son's grave condition and pay an additional $360, bringing the total so far to $510. An amount she says is worth it to bring her husband and son together.
If the humanitarian parole is denied the father will have to continue on his path to becoming a resident, a process that can take 8 months to a year.
Meanwhile Brayden must remain in the hospital until his July 20 due date.
Congressman Duncan's office released this statement on the case: "We assist anyone needing help navigating the complex laws, and we will do anything in our power to expedite cases when needed. However, it is not possible to waive laws for individual cases. Applicants must find a way to resolve their issue using the current laws and system, and that is what we assist with."
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