Visa Denied For Sister Of NJ Girl In Desperate Need Of Bone Marrow Transplant

ELIZABETH, N.J. (CBSNewYork) – – Yarelis Bonilla, a 5-year-old girl from Elizabeth, N.J., is suffering from a severe form of leukemia. Doctors say that the only way Yarelis will survive is if she receives a bone marrow transplant from a perfect match. For Yarelis that perfect match is her sister, Giselle.

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Unfortunately, due to a complicated family matter, Giselle lives in El Salvador. She has been denied a visa to come to the United States on several occasions, and experts say that the transplant must be performed here.

Maria Bonilla, Yorelis’ mother, is begging for help.

“Please give a visa to my daughter, so she can help her little sister,” Bonilla told CBS 2’s Christine Sloan.

The Bonilla family’s heartbreaking plea has not fallen on deaf ears. Senator Robert Menendez (D-NJ) has championed their cause, and is helping the family apply for a special humanitarian arrangement that would allow Giselle to travel to America to provide the much needed marrow to her little sister.

“The government’s role is to ultimately protect its citizen. And to preserve their life. In this instance, that happens to mean having this young girl get her sister here to give her a transplant is something we should be able to do.” Said Menendez.

Her battle with leukemia has been long and arduous, and chemotherapy has taken away all of her hair, but despite her cancer Yoralis puts on a brave face.

When asked how the constant trips to the hospital make her feel, she answers,”not good” and that what she really wants is for,”[Giselle] to come here and play [with] me.”

The Bonilla family is hoping that the State Department will have a change of heart and help save Yoralis’ life.

What kind of steps or legislation would you like to see take place to help those in serious need of medical help? Sound off in our comments section below.


One Comment

  1. Joe says:

    Once again a mountain is being made of a molehill. They asked for they wrong visa in the first place. This situation is EXACTLY what Humanitarian Parole is MEANT FOR! Don’t blame the government for the incompetent help that they got from someone who didn’t know what to do.

    Also, it’s not the State Department that will decide the Humanitarian Parole, it is USCIS.

    Do some fact checking!

  2. Margarita Montes says:

    If they’re afraid , the girl would stay, why doesn’t ICE guard her before and after….

  3. Michelle Cook Lopez says:

    There has to be more to this story. I have a feeling we’re not getting the full picture

  4. Sarah Behl says:

    That visa decision should be reversed immediately.

  5. Jesse James Ettebe says:

    I thought Americans were pro-life. If she dies, it is all your fault for letting this happen.

  6. Adil says:

    I agree this is a sad situation.. Sometimes you wonder about the people who deny such people entrance wheter they had a mother who raised them… Well my saying is if it doesnt catch up to you in this world the next world is created to provide “Ultimate Justice”

  7. Jojo says:

    I find it hard to believe that a visa was not granted for medical necessity.

  8. Jimmy says:

    This is not the America I knew.

  9. nrichard says:

    Once again, rules chosen to be followed by someone with a tiny bit of power. It must have made the day of the immigration official who got to stamp the big N-O on the paper. My true wish and prayer is that all of those vengeful, mean spirited people who punish others just for existing, die screaming!

  10. mamasnothappy says:

    It’s inhumane to sell healing to people that can’t afford it. Surely some Doctors can donate the time and we can get that child here and save a life. Prices for everything are insane when minimum wage in this country is half a living wage. Cut administrative costs, Doctors fees, pharmaceutical costs and insist the industry accept lower profits. You want a big profit, build yachts, limos, RV buses and sell to overpaid corporate executives. Healing is Gods work. It should be done by humble professionals. It’s not work for out of control megalomaniacs. A bonus is when the healing arts saves lives. Vote for Obamas healthplan. Mrs. Clintons plan would have saved so many lives. How do people sleep at night knowing how their greed and selfishness is killing so many Americans?

    1. DanTe says:

      So why don’t YOU do it for free? Oh wait, it cost thou$and$ of dollar$ to be trained in this. And cost thou$and$ of dollar$ for the equipment and research. Why don’t YOU pay for it? How is all this training and research done with free loading parasites like you sucking off of everybody else?

      1. NurseDee says:

        Right on, DanTe ! ! !

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