Yaseen is now staying at Hayes’ house while he prepares for life-saving surgery in his right ear.

“Thanks God and thanks America and the Department of State for giving me the visa,” Yaseen said. “I’m here. It’s a great country. I’m so happy. I’m so excited to fix my ear. There are some great people and family like [Hayes]. I feel really excited. Thanks so much to Mercy Hospital for letting me get the surgery there. After my surgery, if my hearing returns, I’ll be able to help more people in the Middle East and all around the world.”

Yaseen is getting surgery today. It will take four months to know how much hearing he regains.