Dying Daughter Longs to See Mother

If she makes it here, there will be long embraces and Honduran tamales.

There will be time to weep together and to remember. There will be comfort only a mother can provide.

Karla Mellon is dying. The 43-year-old North Side woman, mother of two boys, decided this fall that it was time to end treatment and live the rest of her days without the side effects of drugs that could never cure the ovarian cancer that has spread throughout her body.

What Mellon wants most is to be held in her mother’s arms. She hasn’t seen her in 13 years.

So far, though, the U.S. government has denied Cirila Maldonado’s request to leave Honduras to visit Columbus.

The staff members of Hospice of Central Ohio who care for Mellon in her home have been trying for more than a month to make the reunion happen for the women.

Each time the hospice workers visit, they ask: “What is most important to you today?”

Mellon, consistently, has said that she wants to see her mother, said social worker Charla Sedziol…continue news article here.

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