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11Alive helps Barbados mom stay with sick child

ALPHARETTA, Ga. - With the help of 11Alive's Help Desk, authorities have reversed a decision forcing a Barbados resident whose 7-year-old daughter is being treated for a rare form of cancer at an Atlanta-area hospital to leave the country.

Following a recommendation from an oncologist in Barbados, Petra Gooding brought her daughter, Niamh Stoute, to Children's Healthcare of Atlanta's Aflac Cancer Center in Alpharetta in November to be treated for neuroblastoma.

U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement extended Niamh's nine-month visitor's visa so she can continue treatment, but Gooding was told she'd have to leave Thursday.

While 11Alive's Jaye Watson told the story of Gooding's plight Thursday night, 11Alive's Bill Liss worked around the clock with Immigration Service, the office of US Sen. Saxby Chambliss, and attorney Bernadine Layne -- who took on the case after seeing the story Thursday night -- to get officials to extend Gooding's visa.

Layne's husband, Dr. Edward Layne, is the Honorary Consul General of Barbados, in Atlanta.

Gooding will get her official passport renewal next week. The reversed decision grants her permission to stay in the United States until at least November 2011.


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