A local marine who was initially denied emergency leave to see his premature newborn daughter, will be reuniting with his family this week.
Marine Lance Cpl. Keith Wagenhauser is expected to be home by Tuesday night, New York Sen. Charles Schumer confirmed to PIX News Monday.
Schumer was just one of many lawmakers who led the charge to bring Wagenhauser home after the marine was denied the leave to see his ill newborn daughter Madison Rose, who was born more than two month premature. The infant remains hospitalized at Stony Brook University Medical Center.
Standard military protocol, which states that personnel could only be temporarily released in cases of imminent or actual death in their immediate family, prevented Wagenhauser from coming home earlier. In addition, the Middle Island native was assigned to an overseas unit that stands ready to back up troops in Iraq and Afghanistan.
According to doctors, Madison remains in a very fragile state. The infant's attending physician, Dr. Sridhar Shanthy - at one point - even reached out to Wagenhauser's superior officials, urging them to grant the emergency leave because the baby's condition was not stable.
"I want to personally thank the U.S. Marine Corps Senate Liaison for their swift response to our request," Schumer said in a statement to PIX News. "They went above and beyond to ensure LCpl Wagenhauser made it home and can now be reunited with his family during this difficult time."Copyright © 2014, The Baltimore Sun