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Torry Hansen and Artyom doomed from the start?Posted Wednesday, April 14, 2010, at 5:18 PM
With all the furor around Torry Hansen's decision to send Artyom Savelyev back to Russia, I have been in a lot of thought and prayer for her and the child.
We have no idea, at this time what Artyom has gone through, before he came to America and after he was here.
I have heard reports that he did not attend school while he was here in Bedford County,nor did the neighbors living near see him much.
From this young child's point of view he was taken from a group home in Russia, and placed with strangers in a strange land with odd accents.
It had to have been frightening for him. Torry, says in her note that was packed with Artyom, that he had severe psychological problems. Did Artyom ever see a child psychologist?
I know having a child with special needs is challenging to a parents' sanity, but a outside source of councilor works wonders.
My son, who has Asperger's Syndrome, almost drove me out of my mind before we could find out what was going on with him. It took a team of people, councilors, psychiatrists, pediatricians, and some very good concerned teachers.
He was just not a brat or a problem, something else was going on. Something he could not control.
Did Artyom have something else going on? We may never know.
It is easy for us to point the finger at Ms. Hansen, but she may have been to the end of her rope.
These are the questions I have if I could talk to her:
Were you in contact with the agency that placed Artyom in your care?
Did they know he was having psychological problems?
Who did you take Artyom to here in Bedford county for his medical care, schooling and playtime?
Did Artyom have any outside friends?
Why did you send such a young child packing, when the agency did not know something was wrong.
Do you feel you have done the right thing?
I have really been praying for this young child and Ms. Hansen. She has a lot to answer for right or wrong, and it will not be pretty I think.
By her being absent for so long, it does not look good for her, especially since the animal control is looking after her abandoned animals at home.
Running away is not going to make this go away, Torry please come forward and tell us what is going on.
Mean while I am praying for you and for little Artyom that you both find what you are searching for.
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Lesa Cox has owned a cleaning service and a bookstore; now, she repairs and maintains computers for the elderly and others on a fixed income. She enjoys animals, gardening, books and fixing old cars. She and her husband have one son, who suffers from Asperger's syndrome.
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