Father of Teen Hero in Near Drowning Granted Humanitarian Visa

The father of a 17-year-old who died after trying to save a mother and child from drowning was granted a humanitarian visa and will be able to come to South Florida to give his last goodbyes to his son.

Misael Burgos was deported from the U.S. to Nicaragua six months earlier and wasn't able to see his son Christian in the hospital before he died.

The community came together to try to get Misael to Miami for the funeral, but the teen was finally put to rest on Oct. 21.

In a letter dated Oct. 31, U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement granted Misael a humanitarian visa, which is granted to people for urgent reasons who are otherwise unable to get into the U.S. through other legal means.

"I'm grateful to the federal government for granting this visa so he can come and pay respects to his son who died tragically and heroically," said Miami Mayor Francis Suarez.

Christian died earlier last month after he tried to pull a 25-year-old mother and her 9-year-old son out of the strong currents in Virginia Key.

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