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Canadian Slovak to Pay for Kidney Transplant to Save the Life of a Soviet Jew

–A $30,000 kidney transplant operation to save the life of a 21-year-old Soviet Jewish emigre hoping to come to Canada will be paid by a charitable foundation in Toronto established by a Slovakia-born Roman Catholic.

The Stephen B. Roman Foundation said in a letter to both the federal and provincial government in Canada that it will pay for the operation of Arkady Markh, a Latvian Jew. Markh is in a hospital in Italy and with his parents is awaiting final clearance for permission to enter Canada.

His parents reportedly received permission to enter the country but Markh was denied landed immigrant status because he needs the expensive operation which the parents and relatives in Canada cannot afford. In its letter, the Foundation called upon Ottawa and the Ontario provincial government to start arrangements to bring Markh to Canada.

Stephen Roman come to Canada at the age of 16 as an immigrant from Czechoslovakia and built his fortune on uranium mining. He established the Foundation 14 years ago.

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