BROOKLYN – With his son on his lap, and his mother wheeling him, a New York man in his final stages of renal cancer inched closer to a person he prayed he would see one last time—his older sister.
The chances of 25-year-old Christopher Robinson reuniting with his sister Michelle Robinson seemed impossible. Robinson was denied a visa to travel to the United States, until Fox 5's sister station PIX 11 News reached out to Senator Chuck Schumer for help.
“There’s no reason why she shouldn’t have gotten a visa easily, but of course, there’s always red tape in the way, and her visa was denied even though her brother was so seriously ill here in the United States,” Senator Schumer said.
“After the diagnosis, and told I had two weeks to live, I never thought I would see her again,” said Robinson in a barely audible voice.
The last memories the two have of each other, are as toddlers playing with toys on the beach in Guyana, where Robinson still lives.
When her plane touched down at Kennedy airport Sunday morning, she was on American soil for the first time, greeted by her mom who she hadn’t seen in as long as she hadn’t seen Christopher, PIX11 reported.
When Robinson arrived at the Metropolitan Jewish Health system, the siblings hugged and kissed each other, in a long emotional embrace.
“I’m glad I made it this far to see my brother,” said a tearful Robinson.
The family expressed their gratitude to all involved, including Fly Jamaica which paid for Robinson’s airfare.
She will spend the next month in New York, and is free to travel between the United States and Guyana for 10 years.
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