Canada offers healthcare to children after US travel ban
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Canadian officials have offered healthcare to children following reports that kids in need of critical medical treatment have been blocked from U.S. hospitals due to President Trump's travel ban, BuzzFeed News reported Friday.

“These children are being turned away solely because of where they were born,” Ontario health minister Dr. Eric Hoskins said in a statement Friday. “As Ontarians, we have an obligation to respond when we know we have the ability to help.”

Trump last week signed an executive order that denies citizens from seven predominantly Muslim nations from entering the U.S. for at least 90 days while suspending the U.S. refugee program for four months.

Stories have since emerged that families from the seven countries affected by the temporary visa ban were blocked from entering the U.S. while seeking treatment for their children at U.S. hospitals.

One such report from the Oregonian said a 4-month old Iranian girl was attempting to enter the U.S. for surgery after being diagnosed with a heart problem. A similar report from The New York Times includes the story of an 18-month-old child blocked from entering the U.S. for eye surgery. 


Hoskins added that his staff was working with hospitals in Toronto and other Canadian officials to secure travel and treatment for children who need life-saving care.

“Given that this is a critical time for these ill children, our ministry and Ontario’s specialized children’s hospitals, which provide best-in-the-world care feel the responsibility to act quickly,” he said.

The U.S. is known for offering specialized care to children from countries where it's unavailable.