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USSR / Child's Health Problem / American Aid #499093

NBC Evening News for Wednesday, May 31, 1978
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(Studio) Report on young couple in Moscow, USSR , who need help, young couple in Macon, Georgia, who are helping and other people who care.
REPORTER: John Chancellor

(Macon, Georgia) Problems faced by Boris and Natalia Katz, Soviet Jews who want to leave Moscow to relocate in Israel or United States and have been refused by Soviet authorities, detailed. Med. trouble of their 7-mo.-old daughter Jessica described and continued refusal of USSR to cooperate in getting child to US for treatment, though arrangements have been made in United States for such eventuality, stated. Photos shown; were taken by Macon, Georgia, couple, Gil and Beverly Held, on recent business trip to Moscow. News agency Tass' response to concern in United States for child quoted. [Gil HELD - states that Soviet doctors don't know how to treat disease and describes symptoms. Says only hope is that authorities will change minds.] American efforts to help child reported; Boston group called Action for Soviet Jewry sends. medical formula to child via American tourists who vol. services. Is noted that medical was ordered by Cambridge, Massachusetts, physician, Dr. Richard Kleinblum; his report that medical has helped child noted. Request to State Department for aid and petition signed and sent to USSR leader Brezhnev by 92 Congmen., asking intervention on behalf of child mentioned. Interfaith meeting in Macon to discuss this problem of Soviet citizens and others that are occurring reported.
REPORTER: Bob Jimenez

Chancellor, John;
Jimenez, Bob

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