Four-Year-Old Pavel Smakovsky Arrives from Russia
Pavel and his mother, Tatiana, arrived at JFK International Airport this evening.
Russian Gift of Life's Executive Director met mother and son as they got off the plane. They had traveled 1,400 miles from Omsk in southwestern Siberia to Moscow earlier in the week for their visa interview. They then flew the final nine hours to New York City. Tired from the journey, but grateful to be in America for medical treatment, they have settled in comfortably at Ronald McDonald House of Long Island for two day's rest before completing the last leg of their journey: the Mayo Clinic in Rochester, Minnesota. Their first pre-operative appointment there is on Wednesday, September 21, 2011.