Haitian father united with East Tennessee son after initially be

Haitian father united with East Tennessee son after initially being denied visa

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Sarah, a Maryville native, and her husband Yves Dorsimar run an orphanage together in Haiti. When Sarah became pregnant the couple decided she would have the baby back in the U.S. where they would have access to better medical care. Sarah, a Maryville native, and her husband Yves Dorsimar run an orphanage together in Haiti. When Sarah became pregnant the couple decided she would have the baby back in the U.S. where they would have access to better medical care.
Shortly after returning, Sarah gave birth to Brayden 16 weeks early. Shortly after returning, Sarah gave birth to Brayden 16 weeks early.
Brayden is now 5-weeks-old and 2 pounds 13 ounces, but remains in critical condition. Brayden is now 5-weeks-old and 2 pounds 13 ounces, but remains in critical condition.
Yves was granted humanitarian parole, a type of visa rarely used to bring otherwise inadmissible people into the United States temporarily for emergencies. Yves was granted humanitarian parole, a type of visa rarely used to bring otherwise inadmissible people into the United States temporarily for emergencies.
By DREW GARDNER
6 News Reporter

KNOXVILLE (WATE) - A father denied a visa into the United States to see his 16-week premature son met him for the first time Friday.

It's a moment Sarah Fagg has been waiting for for over a month.

"I knew that he was going to be here one day," said Fagg. "I am so happy,"

Sarah, a Maryville native, and her husband Yves Dorsimar run an orphanage together in Haiti. When Sarah became pregnant the couple decided she would have the baby back in the U.S. where they would have access to better medical care.

Shortly after returning, Sarah gave birth to Brayden 16 weeks early.

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When we first met Brayden in April, he was only one week old, weighing just over a pound. At that time, Yves filed for a tourist visa to come be with his wife and child, but was denied.

"Because he was married to me and he has a child here now they didn't think he would go back to Haiti," said Fagg.

Brayden is now 5-weeks-old and 2 pounds 13 ounces, but remains in critical condition.

While at her son's side Sarah has also been working tirelessly with Congressman Jimmy Duncan and Sen. Lamar Alexander's office to try to get Yves approved to visit the states.

"I was praying and I said, 'Lord you have got to give me strength because I can't physically and emotionally do this by myself,'" said Fagg.

Those prayers paid off and Yves was granted humanitarian parole, a type of visa rarely used to bring otherwise inadmissible people into the United States temporarily for emergencies.

"I'm very, very, very, very happy," said Dorsimar.

"Now that he's here it's going to be so much better and I think Brayden is going to do better, because both of his parents are here now," said Fagg.

They now plan to spend the next few weeks making up for lost time.

Brayden must remain at UT Medical Center until he reaches his due date, which would have been the end of July. His father has six months before his Humanitarian Parole expires. While he's here, the couple plans to file the paperwork to get his green card, which can take from eight months to a year. Duncan and Alexander's offices have agreed to file paperwork to expedite that process.
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