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6-year-old boy able to see grandparents thanks to Make-A-Wish

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EAST HARTFORD, CT (WFSB) -

A six-year-old diagnosed with a life-threatening illness has the support of his entire family, all thanks to the Make-A-Wish Foundation.

It had been 13 years since Lynn Nguyen saw her parents. Her son Michael hadn’t even been born yet, but when her son was diagnosed with a life-threatening illness, family friend Peter Nguyen knew that needed to change.

“Michael has wished to see them a long time ago, but he doesn't have the ability to see them and suddenly I heard about, Lynn told me about the Make A Wish program and I tried to help bring them to the United States to help Michael when he's sick,” Peter Nguyen said.

Pam Keough with Make-A-Wish Connecticut, says this kind of wish is not one they get very often.

"A lot of times the kids want to go someplace and this was the first one in a while that we've had want to bring someone to them, and in this case it was the grandparents coming from Vietnam to visit them in East Hartford,” Keough said.

But getting the grandparents to the states from Vietnam was a challenge for the organization. 

“It's not so easy to get visas anymore and in this case we asked (Senator Richard) Blumenthal's office to assist us, and they were happy to write a letter on our behalf, that we are a legitimate charity and that this is the kid’s wish, so that really did move things along quicker,” Keough said.

Senator Blumenthal’s office cut through red tape to make Michael’s wish come true, and on Monday, Michael was able to feel his grandparents’ love, in person.

Peter Nguyen said he was happy to play a part in the happy and emotional reunion.

"They love him, they love him a lot,” Nguyen said.

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