Politicians intervene so that terminally ill student reunites with sister
Mary Sung came to Canada last year and was a student at Holy Heart High
A newly-immigrated high school student will be reunited with her sister for her last days following a devastating cancer diagnosis, thanks to the quick work of Mary Sung's MP.
Sung immigrated by herself to Newfoundland and Labrador from Burma — also known as Myanmar — in 2015, and is a student at Holy Heart and is a member of the school's choir.
Shortly after school finished in June, Sung became very sick and soon after began receiving cancer treatment.
A terminal cancer diagnosis prompted a social worker at the Dr. H. Bliss Murphy Cancer Care Centre to reach out to MP Nick Whalen, after Sung's sister's temporary visitor permits were denied.
"Ms. Sung is not well," Whalen told On The Go.
"In order for her sister to visit in time it was important to make sure a new application was considered, that her previous rejections for temporary visitors permits were overlooked and provide some reasons why, based on our understanding of the case, there's a strong probability that [Ni Hlawn] would return to her home country following the visit."
Whalen intervened on behalf of Hlawn and made a special request so that Sung could see her sister during her last days.
In order for Hlawn to come to Canada, Immigration Minister John McCallum had to sign off on the request.
"One of the main problems we have right now with the immigration system in Canada is that it was really underfunded for a number of years," Whalen said.
Long waits for immigration mean families are sometimes separated for several years, Whalen said.
Hlawn is expected to arrive in St. John's Tuesday to see her sister.