By: Romila Boodram
It was an emotional moment yesterday for Christopher and Michelle Robinson, the siblings who haven’t seen each other for more than two decades.
Michelle, a mother of two, cleared US immigration at the JFK International Airport around 10:30 hrs and was immediately rushed to her brother, who is in the terminal stage of a rare and deadly form of renal cancer.
A month ago, doctors had given Christopher, a 25-year-old father of one, 10 days to live, given the severity of his illness but he managed to pull through and pleaded with the US Embassy in Georgetown to grant his sister a visa, after they had initially denied her one.
Christopher wanted to say goodbye to his sister in person and not over the phone.
Yesterday, when 28-year-old Michelle was presented in front of her dying brother, who is in a Brooklyn Hospital, he was speechless.
The room was filled with teary eyes as everyone watched the siblings as they stared at each other and cried for some time.
Early this month, after medical practitioners at the aforementioned hospital informed the 25-year-old that his days were numbered, he immediately started to make a list of the things he needed to do and who he wanted to meet for the last time.
Three Thursdays ago, he tied the knot with his high school sweetheart and mother of his two-year-old son, Terry, at the hospital where he is being monitored around the clock.
The young man’s second wish was to say good-bye to his older sister in person and not over the phone.
The last time the siblings saw each other was when Christopher was just three years old and Michelle was five.
The younger Robinson’s struggle started two years ago when a gunman invaded his house and shot him five times. Luckily, after eight surgeries and several months in the hospital, the father of one walked out the health institution.
But he needed another operation to fix an hernia he had developed.
It was during August last year, while doctors were preparing him for the surgery, they informed him about a growth on his kidney.
A few days later, they diagnosed him with a rare and deadly form of renal cancer which had already spread to his lungs.
Renal cancer is a kidney cancer that originates in the lining of the proximal convoluted tubule, a part of the very small tubes in the kidney that transport waste molecules from the blood to the urine.
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