The Boy from Baby House 10
From the Nightmare of a Russian Orphanage to a New Life in America
Alan Philps & John Lahutsky
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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 for a 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 one miracle, 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.
Very inspiring book. Shows what strength children have, even without expectations. Very moving story. Very tragic reality. But the reader is left feeling hopeful as opposed to distraught. I will be talking about this story for a while. Puts worries into perspective.
A riveting story that pulls you in in the first few pages.
The Boy From Baby House 10
This is a moving story of God's handiwork to bring joy to the lives of Vanya/John and his mother, Paula. It makes me wonder what our son, adopted from Russia, could have experienced but for God's divine intervention in our lives. Bless those who hear the call and come to the aid of Russia's special children.