The Boy From Baby House 10

The Boy From Baby House 10

From the Nightmare of A Russian Orphanage to A New Life in America

Book - 2009
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In 1990, a young boy afflicted with cerebral palsy was born, prematurely, in Russia. His name was Vanya. His mother abandoned him to the state childcare system and he was sent to a bleak orphanage called Baby House 10. Once there, he entered a nightmare world he was not to leave for more than eight years. Housed in a ward with a group of other children, he was clothed in rags, ignored by most of the staff and given little, if any, medical treatment. He was finally, and cruelly, confined fora time to a mental asylum where he lived, almost caged, lying in a pool of his own waste on a locked ward surrounded by psychotic adults. But, that didn't stop Vanya.Even in these harsh conditions, he grew into a smart and persistent young boy who reached out to everyone around him. Two of those he reached out to--Sarah Philps, the wife of a British journalist, and Vika, a young Russian woman--realized that Vanya was no ordinary child and they began a campaign to find him a home. After many twists and turns, Vanya came to the attention of a single woman living in the United States named Paula Lahutsky. After a lot of red tape and more than onemiracle, Paula adopted Vanya and brought him to the U.S. where he is now known as John Lahutsky, an honors student at Freedom High School in Bethlehem, Pennsylvania and a member of the Boy Scouts of America Order of the Arrow. In The Boy From Baby House 10 , Sarah's hus band, Alan Philps, helps John Lahutsky bring this inspiring true-life story of a small boy with a big heart and an unquenchable will to readers everywhere.
Publisher: New York : St. Martin's Press, c2009.
ISBN: 9780312576974
Characteristics: xiv, 288 p., [8] p. of plates :,ill. ;,24 cm.
Additional Contributors: Lahutsky, John 1990-


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Oct 01, 2013

Brilliant story of a young boy's determination and perseverence while confined in a 'baby house' in Russia labeled as an 'incurable'. Most children in his situation never learned to talk or walk and many died at a very young age after being sentenced to bed care. Vanya's indomnible spirit touched the hearts of a few charity workers, and with their help was eventually adopted at age 9. A critical and heart wrenching story of modern Russia's child care system.

Aug 14, 2013

Heart-rending. Very eye-opening and a book I read in small doses, interspersing it with something much lighter, because the story, although ultimately positive for the writer, featured such sad and desperate characters, many of them abandoned to terrible fates. This true story highlights the strength of the human spirit.

Aug 11, 2012

Very depressing and uplifting at the same time. I couldn't think too much about the fact that children continue to be treated so horribly all over the world. I am glad that John/Vanya shared his story.

Jun 28, 2011

An incredibly detailed, honest and truthful account of a fight by many good people to save just one little boy from the crumbling post-soviet orphanage system.
As a person who was born and grew up in the Soviet Union, I can say that everything in this book is true. The storytelling quality of the narrative is outstanding.

I highly recommend this book.

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