An Orange County woman who was on her deathbed and denied her sister's life-saving stem cells by because the US government denied her a temporary visa will now be able to receive the treatment.
Helen Huynh has leukemia and is in desperate need of a stem cell transplant and her sister Thuy, was found to be a perfect match.
However, Thuy lives in Vietnam and after Helen's family tried over and over again to get Thuy a temporary visa to come for the treatment they were denied.
Helen's story had since gone viral, and with the support of representatives Alan Lowenthal and Lou Correa, as well as Sen. Kamala Harris, the government granted a temporary stay for Thuy.
Lowenthal released a statement after the visa was granted:
"I want to thank U.S. Ambassador to Vietnam Ted Osius and the State Department for their efforts to respond to our concerns and to the urgency of this humanitarian crisis."
Harris' office also sent their regards:
"Senator Harris is pleased with the outcome of this case and grateful that the family can now be reunited."
Helen will be moved from UCI Medical Center to City of Hope Hospital to receive the treatment.