The Boy From Baby House 10

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About John

    John was born in Moscow, Russia in 1990.  A preemie who weighed only two pounds at birth, John miraculously survived, despite the questionable level of medical technology available in Russia at that time.  This was the first indication of John’s remarkable spirit, a spirit that allowed him to survive under enormously difficult circumstances in the years to come and to never give up hope for a better future.  

     When John was eighteen months old, his birth parents abandoned him and his six-year-old sister Olga.  The children were separated, with Olga going to one orphanage and John to another.  John languished in the Stalinistic orphanage system which treated him as less than human because of his physical disability resulting from cerebral palsy.  There were valiant attempts by concerned individuals, including Sarah and Alan Philps and a young Russian woman named Vika, to rescue John from this system, a system that placed John in an adult mental asylum at age six.   But it was not until 1999, when he was 9 ½ years old, that John’s life turned around dramatically as he was adopted by Paula Lahutsky who became his mother forever.  They live in Bethlehem Township, Pennsylvania with their chihuahua named Jambo.  
      Currently John is an honor roll student in the Bethlehem Area School District at Freedom High School where history is his favorite subject.  He enjoys giving presentations about his life and his book The Boy from Baby House 10.  John and his mother worship in Emmaus, PA at St. Paul Orthodox Church, a true spiritual home and a stronghold of Orthodox Christianity in the Lehigh Valley.  John is an active member of the Boy Scouts of America and the Order of the Arrow, the Boy Scout honor society.  He has held leadership positions in Boy Scout Troop 362 at East Hills Moravian Church in Bethlehem where he holds the rank of Life Scout.  

       In addition to John’s involvement with his church, school, and Boy Scouts, John enjoys studying history and world civilizations.  His other interests include traveling, vintage television programs, movies both past and present (including James Bond and Harry Potter), college football (Go Penn State!), professional football (E-A-G-L-E-S), golf, and Yankee baseball.  John cherishes his family and friends and notes that out of all his interests and activities, his favorite thing in the world is to spend time with loved ones.  

The Boy From Baby House 10