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Brother: Pakistani can stay in US for medical care

Updated Wednesday, Feb. 19, 2014 | 3:27 p.m.

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — The brother of a Pakistani exchange student in a coma since a November car crash says diplomats have arranged to let him stay in the U.S. for continued medical care.

Muhammad Shahzaib Bajwa is an exchange student at University of Wisconsin-Superior. His family had complained that Essentia Health-St. Mary's Medical Center in Duluth, Minn., pressured them to agree to his return to Pakistan because his visa was about to expire.

His brother Shahraiz Bajwa tells The Associated Press that Pakistan's consul general in Chicago told him his brother's visa is no longer an issue and an insurance company will pay for long-term care in the Duluth area.

Consulate officials didn't immediately return a message, and a hospital spokeswoman would only say that Bajwa remains in fair condition.