Hospitalized exchange student's family sues Minnesota doctor, hospital


The family of a Pakistani student who faced possible deportation while in a coma is suing a Minnesota hospital and doctor.

The brother of Muhammad Shahzaib Bajwa said a Clouquet Community Memorial Hospital doctor didn't make sure Bajwa's airway was unobstructed fast enough and as a result Bajwa suffered permanent brain damage, the Associated Press says.

The lawsuit seeks damages in excess of $75,000, according to the Express Tribune.

Bajwa was in a coma for months after a car he was riding in struck a deer. He and his friends were going back to the University of Wisconsin-Superior, where he was spending a semester abroad, from Minneapolis on Nov. 13, the Express Tribune says.

Bajwa's student visa was set to expire in February while he was still in a coma at Essentia Health-St. Mary's Medical Center in Duluth. His brother said diplomats arranged to let him stay in the U.S. for continued medical care.

Bajwa is currently receiving long-term medical care, but his condition is unknown, WDIO says. As of Friday, an online fundraising campaign to help cover Bajwa's medical costs has raised more than $146,000, WDIO reports.

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