Alan Lowenthal

Garden Grove family wins battle with government bureaucracy in effort to get life-saving treatment for mother

Garden Grove family wins battle with government bureaucracy in effort to get life-saving treatment for mother

At 3:30 p.m. Wednesday, Yvonne Murray got the call that could save her mother’s life.

“[U.S. Rep. Alan] Lowenthal (D-Long Beach) called me personally from Washington, D.C., and said, ‘The humanitarian parole has been approved. Your aunt has permission to come,’ ” said Murray. “We’re so excited — everything has happened so fast.”

It all started in February, when Murray’s mother, Helen Huynh, 61, was diagnosed with acute myeloid leukemia, a rare form of blood cancer.

Doctors told the family that a stem cell transplant was the only way to save her life. A close genetic relative would be the likeliest donor match.

Huynh’s three sisters were tested, and in May, the...

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