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Family of Pakistani student in coma raise funds for US treatment

Published on Feb 13, 2014 7:52 PM

LAHORE (AFP) - Family and friends of a Pakistani student left comatose following a traffic accident in the United States have raised thousands of dollars for his treatment and launched an online petition to extend his visa.

Mr Muhammad Shahzaib Bajwa, 20, has been in a coma since last November when a deer struck a car carrying him and friends from the city of Minneapolis back to the University of Wisconsin-Superior where he was spending a semester abroad.

His brother Shahraiz, who has gone to the US to help, said the insurance company was pressing the family to sign off on returning the student to Pakistan once his visa runs out on Feb 28, threatening not to pay evacuation costs if the family refuses.

"My mother is not going to sign because that would be like killing her son with her own hand," the elder Bajwa told AFP on Wednesday. He added he feared his brother would not survive the 24-hour flight.

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