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Diplomatic solution brings relief to family of Pakistani student hospitalized in Minnesota

  • This Aug. 7, 2013 file photo provided by Shahraiz Bajwa and taken in Washington, D.C. shows Muhammad Shahzaib Bajwa, who has been comatose since being injured in a November crash while spending a semester in an exchange program at the University of Wisconsin-Superior. Diplomats have worked out arrangements to let a Pakistani student who's been hospitalized in a coma since a car crash in November stay in the U.S. for continued medical care, his brother, Shahraiz Bajwa, said Wednesday, Feb. 19, 2014. Bajwa's family said last week that officials were pressuring them to agree to his return to Pakistan because his visa was about to expire at the end of this month. (AP Photo/Courtesy Shahraiz Bajwa, Maryam Kamal)

    This Aug. 7, 2013 file photo provided by Shahraiz Bajwa and taken in Washington, D.C. shows Muhammad Shahzaib Bajwa, who has been comatose since being injured in a November crash while spending a semester in an exchange program at the University of Wisconsin-Superior. Diplomats have worked out arrangements to let a Pakistani student who's been hospitalized in a coma since a car crash in November stay in the U.S. for continued medical care, his brother, Shahraiz Bajwa, said Wednesday, Feb. 19, 2014. Bajwa's family said last week that officials were pressuring them to agree to his return to Pakistan because his visa was about to expire at the end of this month. (AP Photo/Courtesy Shahraiz Bajwa, Maryam Kamal)  (The Associated Press)

  • This 2014 file photo provided by Shahraiz Bajwa taken at Essentia Health-St. Mary’s Medical Center in Duluth, Minn. shows Muhammad Shahzaib Bajwa, of Pakistan, who has been comatose since being injured in a November crash while spending a semester in an exchange program at the University of Wisconsin-Superior. Diplomats have worked out arrangements to let a Pakistani student who's been hospitalized in a coma since a car crash in November stay in the U.S. for continued medical care, his brother, Shahraiz Bajwa, said Wednesday, Feb. 19, 2014. Bajwa's family said last week that officials were pressuring them to agree to his return to Pakistan because his visa was about to expire at the end of this month. (AP Photo/Courtesy Shahraiz Bajwa)

    This 2014 file photo provided by Shahraiz Bajwa taken at Essentia Health-St. Mary’s Medical Center in Duluth, Minn. shows Muhammad Shahzaib Bajwa, of Pakistan, who has been comatose since being injured in a November crash while spending a semester in an exchange program at the University of Wisconsin-Superior. Diplomats have worked out arrangements to let a Pakistani student who's been hospitalized in a coma since a car crash in November stay in the U.S. for continued medical care, his brother, Shahraiz Bajwa, said Wednesday, Feb. 19, 2014. Bajwa's family said last week that officials were pressuring them to agree to his return to Pakistan because his visa was about to expire at the end of this month. (AP Photo/Courtesy Shahraiz Bajwa)  (The Associated Press)

A diplomat who visited the family of a Pakistani exchange student in a coma for three months says they're relieved by a deal that resolves his visa and insurance issues to ensure he can stay in the U.S. and get the long-term care he needs.

Muhammad Shahzaib Bajwa (BAHJ-wah) was an exchange student at the University of Wisconsin-Superior. He was in a fellow student's car that struck a deer in November. Bajwa went into cardiac arrest, and remains in a coma in fair condition at Essentia Health-St. Mary's Medical Center in Duluth.

Pakistan's consul general from Chicago drove to Duluth to meet Bajwa's family. Faisal Niaz Tirmizi (teer-MEE-zee) says they were "visibly relieved" when he detailed the solution, which will put Bajwa in a long-term care facility in the Duluth area.