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Re: BTW, I hope your trip worked out well.

Re: BTW, I hope your trip worked out well.

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Posted by MLWhitworth, MD on May 06, 2000 at 13:50:29:

In Reply to: BTW, I hope your trip worked out well. posted by Mark M on May 06, 2000 at 12:57:06:

No, Mark you are correct. I planned a trip to Russia for an adoption, but at the last minute we received a medical report stating the child had moderate intracranial hypertension, which in a child that age usually means hydrocephalus, multiple surgeries, possible mental aberrations, and suggests other abnormalities. The Russian orphanage would not permit any Western doctor to examine the child, refused our request for a videotape (which is used in neuropediatric analysis), refused to permit the sponser to videotape the child, and refused to permit us to pay for a Russian doctor to examine the child. Also, the entire adoption process all over Russia has ground to a halt over the past 2 weeks because of a new law which has closed several areas of Russia for adoption. The orphanage could no longer guarantee the child would be there when we arrived, nor could they guarantee we would have the court date as scheduled. There was a suggestion that up to 2 months delay plus a second trip to Russia would be required. Just too many unknowns.....we bailed, and are very happy about the decision.

: Hi Doc,

: I heard on the grapevine what you're recent "vacation" was all about. Providing what I heard was true, I just wish to convey my hopes that all went well for you.

: My wife and I traveled this road several years ago, and unfortunately we were unsuccessful. So I sincerely hope everything worked out, as I do understand how important it must be for you.

: Sorry if I'm prying, but I was told that you made this information public, so I just wanted to offer you my well wishes, and best wishes for any future endeavours in this regard.

: Best wishes,
: Mark M.

: PS. I hope you know what I'm talking about, otherwise someone has been spreading rumours, and I'm going to look a tad foolish.

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