Sister to Join Brother in Israel Next Week
TEL AVIV, Israel (AP) _ Inessa Fleurova, sister of leukemia sufferer Michael Shirman, will leave Moscow for Israel next week to donate bone marrow to her brother, Shirman said Thursday.
″I spoke with my sister last night,″ Shirman said in a telephone interview. ″They have tickets for a Moscow-Vienna plane that leaves Moscow on Monday.″
Mrs. Fleurova, 37, received permission to emigrate to Israel in August, but the government did not give her husband and children permission to leave until earlier this month.
Shirman, a cancer specialist, said a bone marrow transplant from his sister is his only chance to live.
″I would like to see them as soon as possible, but apparently they are not going to come here until Tuesday. It is still uncertain,″ he said.
Shirman flew to Reykjavik, Iceland, last month to bring his case before the world press during the superpower summit. Soviet authorities subsequently waived some emigration requirements for Viktor Fleurov and his two daughters.