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  • Title: The Boy From Baby House 10: How One Child Escaped the Nightmare of a Russian Orphanage
  • Author: Alan Philps
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  • Page: 108
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  • This is the affecting, true story of a remarkable young boy named John Lahutsky John, born in Russia in 1990, was afflicted with cerebral palsy, abandoned by his birth mother and consigned to certain death in the deplorable orphanages and asylums of Russia He was discovered, living half naked and confined in an iron barred cot for 24 hours a day But he refused to succumThis is the affecting, true story of a remarkable young boy named John Lahutsky John, born in Russia in 1990, was afflicted with cerebral palsy, abandoned by his birth mother and consigned to certain death in the deplorable orphanages and asylums of Russia He was discovered, living half naked and confined in an iron barred cot for 24 hours a day But he refused to succumb to the regime of abuse, and enlisted a range of people to help him escape For three years he was under constant threat of being returned to an asylum but, after a series of miraculous coincidences and terrible disappointments, he moved to America He has been able to start a new life and now aged eighteen, is a full partner in this book, with his memories supplemented by outsiders who battled the system on his behalf Life in these appalling institutions has remained a closely guarded secret But the author has managed to gain unprecedented access and has uncovered a true portrait of a child care system which was founded by Stalin and exists to this day.
    The Boy From Baby House How One Child Escaped the Nightmare of a Russian Orphanage This is the affecting true story of a remarkable young boy named John Lahutsky John born in Russia in was afflicted with cerebral palsy abandoned by his birth mother and consigned to certain

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    1. As a mother of adopted children, I was actually shocked to read of the horrific conditions Vanya endured in Russia, after the time I had adopted my children How could things like these happen in the 1990 s This is a book about hope and resilience and happy endings for some, but it was a very emotionally heavy story I read it in one sitting as I could not put it down I was recently in Russia this summer Murmansk and was dismayed at the horrible conditions there, in this age and to realize that Ru [...]

    2. This book is very hard for me to read Very sad I was in a bad orphanage in Krasnoyarsk, Russia At almost 5 years old I was the size of a 1 year old and developmentally, how sad I thank the Good Lord I don t remember it So blessed to be here in America with my loving family

    3. As an adoptive mom of a child who lived in a Russian orphanage, I was hoping to learn a lot about what goes on behind the scenes in Russian orphanages I was not disappointed.I truly appreciated this well researched true story of the horrible things one child had to endure during his years in Russian orphanages It helped me understand Russian attitudes towards abandoned children, what conditions are really like for children who must live in orphanages, and why so many children get caught in the s [...]

    4. This was a heartbreaking and important book about a boy given to a Russian orphanage at a very young age Diagnosed at birth with cerebral palsy, Vanya was considered ineducable and was left to languish in a single room in one of Moscow s baby houses an orphanage for children under 5 , never even going outside He managed to teach himself to talk and longed for a connection with someone anyone but few connections were available The view of the baby house presented in this book and backed up by var [...]

    5. This is an astounding story I appreciate how well written it is It would have been difficult to gracefully piece together such a story that involved so many in a severely disorganized setting Philps made the book a page turner and I could easily keep sorted the names and events I must admit I was clueless to this aspect of the fall of communism I really had no idea I ve heard of babies in Romania who lay in cribs without stimulation, but the details and extent of Vanya s story brought it home to [...]

    6. As the mom of a son adopted at age two from Russia this book touches my heart and mind in a way that will stick with me for all time It is so sad, so appalling, so unbelievable that it goes onI wish every one who could would adopt one child I have gained much insight into what my son Sean has been through and it has helped me gain empathy for some his his struggles.

    7. I really wanted to like this book Im having a really hard time finishing it It seems to be of a listing of what happens without really getting into the emotions or lives of the characters I would have liked it better if it was written as a novelI will try to finish.

    8. very good book don t want to spoil it for anyone so i won t say too much but some of the things in this book are so hard to imagine yet they really happened.

    9. I read this book when we started our adoption process If I ever questioned going to Ukraine, this book changed that questioning Russia is the country in this biographical story, but the nations are so similar Don t pick up this book and think it will be a quick read The emotions you go through as you read the real life events of an orphan boy with disabilities are beyond gut wrenching I specifically remember having to put the book down for 2 weeks because around page 60, I sat and sobbed for thr [...]

    10. This book was both gripping and difficult to read The words in this review cannot do its content justice I was impressed by the spirit of Vanya Ivan , even as a little boy he retained his dignity in a world that seemed to strip him of every comfort, both physical and mental His inner light shined through, and it was not lost on the many lives that he touched, even as a small boy The reason why I gave this book only four stars was not because of the content, which is moving beyond words I could n [...]

    11. Emily MacDougall Book Review The Boy From Baby House 10The Boy From Baby House 10, by Alan Philips and John Lahutsky, follows the life of an inspiring young boy, afflicted with cerebral palsy, as he spends his childhood in a network of state institutions in Russia Abandoned by his mother as an infant, this boy, called Vanya, had to spend his childhood in Baby House 10, an orphanage in Moscow The Boy From Baby House 10 is the inspiring and true story of a boy who refused to lose hope, even in the [...]

    12. There is no way I could like this book, and thus I call it okay It s a decent narrativery disturbing The conditions in post Soviet social institutions during the nineties were pretty much unspeakable Recent times are not that much better, though a few places have received infusions of cash and equipment But I have seen enough of hospitals in major Russian cities for just one example to know that things are still very bad indeed.Is exporting every Russian orphan to America the answer Certainly no [...]

    13. This compelling book traced the life story including the countless heartwrenching life challenges that young John Russian name, Vanya faced during his first ten years of life It traces his horrific mistreatment as he was bounced back and forth between a Russian orphanage, a Russian mental asylum or internat , and a Russian hospital Vanya ultimately through much work was placed with a Russian family in foster care before his permanent placement with an American woman who learned about him through [...]

    14. I ve started this review three or four times and keep deleting it and starting over because none of my words seem sufficient to convey the power of this story So here s take fiveBrace yourself before opening this book It is emotionally devastating to read of the horrific conditions in which children were left unstimulated, practically alone, and shown no love or affection It was even difficult when I realized that at the beginning of the book Vanya is 6 the age of my middle son and by the time [...]

    15. Truly an inspiring book It tells the story of how one very determined little boy rises far above his terrible circumstances I found it amazing than sad John called Vanya in Russia was handicapped at birth and abandoned by the time he was year Sentenced to the Russian orphanage named Baby House 10 he was subjected to extreme neglect and mistreatment As a result of that, he was labeled a cretin and sentenced to Filimonki mental asylum called an internat at age 5 or 6 and put on permanent bed regi [...]

    16. Non so bene come sviluppare una recensione,ma ci prover Cinque stelle meritate per l emotivit della storia Un racconto senza dubbio estremamente toccante,angoscioso e profondo Rende partecipi di tutte le vicissitudini del povero Vanja,tanto che ad un certo punto mi parso di trovarmi a Mosca,negli anni 90 Ogni parola,ogni frase,ogni capitolo trasmettono un emozione diversa,direi soprattutto un senso di rabbia profonda e di grande angoscia,che tiene con il fiato sul collo fino all ultima pagina de [...]

    17. This is probably the most well written true story I have ever read Most true stories seem to be written without too much description relating to settings or character development This book is different It reads like fiction And is true.I am amazed at this boy s John inner strength and appalled at the status quo in Russia regarding care of its little children I m not just appalled because I read this bookI also lived in Russia in 1995 and some of the things that frustrated me back then are the sa [...]

    18. My fear in reading this book was that the truth of Russian orphanages would be too horrible to learn But the reviews had been so positive that I decided to tackle it anyway Once started, I could not put it down The true story of Vanya, born prematurely with disabilities, was heartwarming and heartwrenching at the same time As a one year old, he was given up to the state orphanage and labeled an ineducable imbecile Yet, in spite of his bleak surroundings, Vanya learned to talk and began to reach [...]

    19. This book was difficult to read It is the story of a young child in a Russian orphanage who was diagnosed as retarded, and the horrible conditions he was kept in, and his amazing journey from those inhuman conditions to his life in America with his adoptive mother The courage and resilience of this child is astounding The conditions described in this book would be illegal here in America for DOGS We d prosecute anyone keeping animals in such conditions It is unconscionable that anyone keeps chil [...]

    20. poorly written and biasede author consistently made out that him and his wife, sarah, a key character were victims in the narrative and that adela, the head doctor with a communist mindset was to blame for everything if you re going to blame anyone, it s the system and lack of education page 104 months had been wasted because of adela s passivity for example, in this particular incident sarah is just as much to blame as adela for waiting months to gather the courage to even see vanya.I understan [...]

    21. This book was so inspiring and the biggest eye opener to me I had heard of abuse such as this in other countries, but never in Russia In fact, I could not put the book down as I was so hooked on making sure Vanya s guardian angel finally came Part of this is the way the book was conducted, almost sometimes feeling like fiction.I still find it hard to believe that this book is so recent especially as little Vanya or John was born in 1990 That the torture and conditions he experienced were accepta [...]

    22. This is an inspiring, amazing book about a little boy with nothing going for him but amazing resilience and inner strength He has no family but people go out of their way to help him because it is clear that he is special No matter what happens to him, he just won t give up This is an amazing story about the triumph of the human spirit Everyone can learn something form this book This book says a lot about how children with disabilities are treated in some parts of the world and how they just wan [...]

    23. This book presents a heart wrenching view of the cruelties that were considered commonplace in Russia concerning abandoned and otherwise handicapped children, as one young boy who was destined for a life of hell made himself known to a group of people who made it their work to help him escape what seemed to his fellow countrymen and caretakers as an inevitable fate Heavy reading, a bit graphic with details of the treatment of these children, but inspiring and powerful All my life I had considere [...]

    24. Heartbreaking story and shocking to know these atrocities happened when I was an adult and ignorant of what this Not very well written, lots of typos, poor grammar, difficult to follow and the author often repeats events that confuses the reader I felt as though the story jumped around too much and I would have liked to know about his assimilation into American culture I am also left wondering about his present connect with his older brother and sister and how they fit into his life today What [...]

    25. This is an unbelievable story a true story of a young boy who survived the horrors of the Russian orphanages and an asylum in the 1990 s, was identified as an imbecile, and was repeatedly deserted yet he somehow had the strength and self will to persevere and was ultimately adopted by a single woman from Bethlehem, PA A British reporter and his wife met this boy and kept in touch with him during the four years when he was assigned to work in Moscow Ten years later the reporter decided to write t [...]

    26. Being the mother to a son adopted from Russia, I picked this one up as it is about a little boy who suffered HORRIBLE things during his first 9 years of life living in the Russian orphanage system The first night I read, I had to stop as I was crying my eyes out this book hit a little close to home and after that, I was just mad, and hoping for it to end alright I do not recommend this book lightly, as it will make you cry maybe even physically ill at parts, but I am glad that I read it to under [...]

    27. Review to come I cried Again Vanya, what would you wish for most of all You say first No, you No, you The two children fell silent There were some thoughts that were too painful to share In the hospital they had seen that they were not like other children They were different Other children had one special person, a person who brought them food that tasted so good, a person who comforted them when they lay in pain after operations, a person who took them to pee whenever they needed to and kissed [...]

    28. Very wow The horrific story is told well, being empathetic while matter of fact This young man showed phenomenal strength and patience from a very young age.I was also blown away to realize that he and his mother are parishioners at Fr Andrew Stephen Damick s church in Emmaus, Pennsylvania It really brought this story close to home.Very moving book I think I cried for sorrow and for joy both.

    29. Compelling, compelling, compelling Horrific but a must read If anyone doubts man s capacity to be inhumane, the doubts would be removed by this book But this young boy triumphs along with all who helped him Having lived in Russia, we were not aware of this, but saw horrible things, children surviving by just living on trains and We have our work cut out for us to make the world a better place.

    30. I would recommend this book to anyone who has adopted from Russia, experienced a Russian orphanage or is interested in these subjects Although John Lahutsky was handicapped, and therefore, presumably saw some of the worst of the Russian system, reading this book confirmed some of the things that I suspected and experienced when we adopted our son in 2005 It also documents the system and the process as it was at that time.

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