by VJ News
NORTH MYRTLE BEACH — A North Myrtle Beach man says his child died needlessly from government red tape.
Clay Riggsbee says his Vietnamese fiance was denied a visa to come to the U.S. and while she was waiting, their baby died for lack of medical care.
Riggsbee says he met his future wife, Cam Giang Tran Thi, during a vacation trip to Vietnam in November, 2007. His pet name for her is Yin.
A romance bloomed, and they were engaged in May of 2008.
They filed for a K-1 Fiance Visa in 2009 and Yin was turned down.
Letters from the consulate say officials believed their relationship was “a sham entered into to evade immigration law.”
After making more trips to Vietnam, Riggsbee filed for a visa for her again and by the time she went back to the consulate for an interview in January of this year, she was pregnant with his child.
“Because she was pregnant, they said they wanted DNA evidence for proof that I’m the father.”
Their baby girl, Quynh Giao, was born this past June.
Yin went back to the consulate in Vietnam to submit DNA evidence, and Riggsbee says they wouldn’t even see her.
“She went there on 3 different occasions and she was turned away with our child with her.”
Meanwhile, Quynh Giao became ill with hand, foot and mouth disease, an epidemic in Vietnam, due to unsanitary conditions.
In September, she died at just 2 and a half months old.return to index