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Alexei was born in Ukraine, placed into an orphanage at 3 years of age in Pskov, Russia to then being adopted into New Zealand at 8 years of age.
Doctors here suggested that Alexei would most likely be unable to reach the age of 17 as it was too late by then to fix his holes in the heart. They are quite amazed that his heart has been fighting for this long! He spends a lot of time in hospital and is on so many medications, he jokes that he rattles when he moves!
Alexei has over time donated to the Heart Foundation, Starship and The Cancer Society to support others in need. He is down to earth and goes out of his way to help others.
He is in touch online with birth family in Ukraine, who now have escaped the war to Poland.
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