Blinded Iraqi boy 'Hamoody' gets asylum to stay in U.S.
Muhammed "Hamoody" Jauda, 5, will be able to live with his Snohomish foster parents, Randy and Julie Robinett Smith.
A lawyer working pro bono filed a petition in May seeking asylum on behalf of Hammoody. Asylum will let the boy stay in America legally, even though his visa expired on May 16.
Hamoody was 2 when he and his family were attacked in Baghdad in May 2005. He was shot in the face with a shotgun. He lost his right eye; his remaining eye went blind.
A year later, Hamoody was brought to Snohomish by Healing the Children, a Spokane-based international nonprofit group that helps children get medical treatment. Since then, Hamoody has lived with the Smiths. He has undergone two surgeries to rebuild his face and help him breathe.
Originally, Hamoody was scheduled to go back to Iraq after receiving medical treatment. That changed when doctors decided that the boy will not regain his eyesight. His parents have asked the Smiths to raise their son in America.
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