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Russian family faces tragedy after arriving in U.S.

Posted May 7, 2010

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— A Russian man now faces the challenges of being a single parent after his wife died days within arriving to the United States.

Leonid Lotsmanov, his wife, Irina, and their 3-year-old son Philipp, started the process more than a year ago to move from St. Petersburg, Russia, to Raleigh, because his wife always wanted to call America home.

"It was my wife's dream," Lotsmanov, 40, said.

Leonid Lotsmanov with family Russian dad now faces single parenthood

Five days after arriving in the Triangle on April 26, though, 38-year-old Irina Lotsmanov began feeling tired.

"She had a cough. We decided that it might be pneumonia," he said.

Irina Lotsmanov was taken to WakeMed in Raleigh, where doctors diagnosed her with a blood clot. She died May 1.

Nearly a week after his wife's death, Lotsmanov says he's trying to focus on his boy.

A cardiologist, Lotsmanov plans to stay in the United States and raise his son. He says he'll look to find work in the nursing field.

"I decided to stay here because it was my wife's dream," he said.

Because he is new to the U.S., Jewish Family Services in Raleigh is working to help Lotsmanov by raising money to help him with funeral expenses.

Donations can be made to Jewish Family Services, 8210 Creedmoor Road, Suite 104, Raleigh, N.C. 27613. Checks should be made payable to Jewish Federation of Raleigh-Cary with "Lotsmanov family" written in the memo line.

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  • TeresaBee May 7, 2010

    What a sad sad story. That poor child. At least there is a good Russian community here in Raleigh and he will get all the support he needs. BTW I notice how so many people from other countries know how to speak english.

  • delilahk2000 May 7, 2010

    GOOD FOR HIM AT LEAST THEY DID IT THE LEGAL WAY.