It was an emotional reunion between Walter Vergara and his mother, Elizabeth Prado Ocejo, at Elmhurst Hospital Saturday.
Vergara is battling terminal bone cancer and was diagnosed with AIDS in 1995. His mother, who lives in Peru, was twice denied a visa due to confusion over an overstayed visit several years ago.
Congressman Gary Ackerman later stepped in and contacted the U.S. embassy in Peru. Prado Ocejo was granted a visa within days.