HOUSTON (FOX 26) - In a sad update to this story, Qirat Chappra, a local teenager whose dying wish was to see her parents again, has died.
The 18-year-old was a patient at Children's Memorial Hermann Hospital. Her parents were able to see her last week, although Chappra was unconscious prior to their arrival.
ORIGINAL STORY--Just in time for Thanksgiving, a young girl is deeply grateful for the news she received earlier today, that her only wish in life is about to come true.
For weeks Qirat Chappra, a chronically-ill 18-year-old patient at Children’s Memorial Hermann Hospital, has been pleading with the government, and the public, to do whatever they can to help get her parents who live in Pakistan to the United States so she can see them again.
Chappra is in critical condition at Children’s Memorial Hermann Hospital in Houston and unable to travel, while her parents’ visa requests have been denied repeatedly. Wednesday morning the family got the call that visas for her mother and father have now been approved and, according to the family, Chappra could be reunited with her parents as soon as next week.
Here is the family’s official statement:
“We are happy to inform you that Qirat's parents' visa application was approved. We are overjoyed by this news, and it could not have come at a more perfect time. We have so much to give thanks for today: Qirat’s parents are going to get to come see her again. Qirat has been waiting for this day for over a decade and it’s the only thing she has wanted since then. We are grateful to everyone who signed the petition and helped make this wish a reality for Qirat and her parents. A big thanks to all the media outlets for your support in getting our story out there. Also, a special thanks to Congressman John Culberson's office and Gordon Quan's law office who helped and guided us every step of the way. May God bless all of you. Please keep us in your thoughts and prayers as Qirat’s health is still very poor. We also ask that you please respect our privacy now and allow the family to enjoy and cherish this time together in peace. If you have any questions or wish to contact us, please go through the hospital’s communications department.”
ORIGINAL STORY: A local teenager is asking people to sign a government petition to grant her parents an emergency visa so they can visit her before she passes.
Qirat Chapra is 18 years old and is a patient in Children’s Memorial Hermann in Houston due to an auto-immune disease she’s had since she was young. Chapra is begging people across the country to sign the government petition to allow her to hug her parents again before she dies.
Despite having some family living in the United States, Chapra’s parents and younger brothers are currently living in Pakistan and claim that they have been denied visas on several occasions. Chapra is hoping that due to the state of her health, that they can be granted an emergency visa.
In an interview with Houston Public Media, Qirat Chapra’s parents explained that Qirat had been born in the United States, thereby granting her a visa by birth, due to complications during the pregnancy that forced her mother Naila to stay in the States until the baby’s birth. Qirat lived in Pakistan for five years before she returned to the U.S. for medical treatment.
As of today, the government petition has 23,984 signatures and Chapra’s video, seen on her aunt’s Facebook page, has been viewed over 23,000 times.