Cuban Woman Granted Visa For Stem Cell Donation
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MIAMI (AP) — Immigration officials have approved a visa for a Cuban woman coming to the U.S. to donate stem cells to her sister with leukemia.
According to Rep. Ileana Ros-Lehtinen’s office, Alina Ortega’s non-immigrant visa request was initially denied by U.S. Interests Section workers in Havana.
A relative approached Ros-Lehtinen, who was able to intervene and ask that officials reconsider the request.
A spokesman for the congresswoman says Alina Ortega is now scheduled to fly to Miami for the procedure, which could save her sister’s life.
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