Cuban boy relying on Helms, Baptist church for medical treatment

Monday, October 18th 1999, 12:00 am
By: News On 6

It's an unusual partnership--conservative North Carolina Senator Jesse Helms and a liberal
Baptist congregation.

Both are working to bring a seven-year-old Cuban boy to the United States for treatment of a potentially fatal disease.

Helms is helping members of Pullen Memorial Baptist Church in Raleigh. Pullen has a history of working for liberal social causes.

Some involved in the effort worry that bringing Helms in will antagonize the Cuban government because of his backing of the U-S
trade embargo.

But others say it's worth the risk in order to cut through the red tape of American-Cuban relations to keep a little boy from dying