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23 января 2000 года.
Polina's rebirth Baby Alexander Tertyshny gives mom a chance to concentrate on the future 

by Dana Pennett Daily News Sports Writer V OORHEES, N.J. 
There, sitting on a shelf right behind the kitchen table, is a photograph. It is of a young boy, no older than 6. He has short bangs, cut a little higher on one side than the other, big ears and a smirky grin that leaps off the celluloid. 

Just a few steps away, in a crib, lies a tiny baby. He is just 10 days old, but the resemblance to the young boy in the photograph is uncanny. Same dark hair, the ears just a touch too big for his head, the identical cleft in the chin. His mother will tell you he has the same long, elegant hands and big feet, too. 

Under the circumstances, the similarities could be unbearably painful. But Polina Tertyshny is overjoyed that her baby, tiny Alexander, is the spitting image of his late father, Dmitri. Through their child, her husband lives. 

"I was crying right before he was born because I was so nervous," Polina says in her much improving, but still hesitant, English. "A couple of minutes before, I kept wondering who he would look like, me or Dmitri. He looks exactly like Dmitri. I'm so glad he does." 

Nothing will bring back Dmitri, not even a miniature version of him. Nothing will change the fact that in one split second on a sunny July day, Polina went from joyful, expectant mother, learning the sex of her first child, to 21-year-old widow and future single parent. And nothing will help deaden the overwhelming heartache for an infant boy who sleeps beneath a photograph of his mother and father but who will never meet the man smiling down upon him. 

If anything can help, it is Alexander. He will be the salve for Polina as he has been since he came into this world on Jan. 3. 

"I remember being in the hospital at home [in Russia] and it was very hard for me," Polina said of the day she learned that her child would be a boy and her husband had been killed in a boating accident in Kelowna, British Columbia. "The whole pregnancy was very difficult for me because of Dmitri, but I did it." 

Now, with Alexander in her life, Polina is not just surviving. She is living again. She named him Alexander because, only weeks before Dmitri was killed, the couple chose names for their child - Alexander for a boy and Anastasia for a girl. She bought him a hockey stick, a puck and a Flyers jersey, just like the one his father was so proud to wear. And her mother, Lidia, says it is no coincidence that Polina just started painting again. She was an art instructor in Russia and her vibrant works line her South Jersey apartment walls. But Polina had put away her brushes and paints this summer, not long after Dmitri's death on July 23. Alexander's birth has inspired his mother to paint again. Until Alexander came along, Polina was bolstered by the support of others. She and her mother flew to the area in September for a benefit game and Polina chose to stay in South Jersey to be near the players her husband called teammates. Since then, the warm embrace of the Flyers' family has served as a cocoon for Polina. Just before Alexander's birth, the players' wives threw Polina a shower. Rather than pick and choose items off her registry individually, they instead pooled their money and bought every last thing on the list. By the time the shower was over, Polina needed four cars to bring her goodies home. 

Stella Zelepukin, Valeri's wife, has been especially devoted. She has translated for her Russian friend, attending all of Polina's checkups, and was even present during Alexander's delivery, helping to bridge the language gap between Polina and her doctor, Anthony Milicia, of Hahnemann University Hospital. 

"I was even dancing on New Year's Eve," Polina said in reference to the team party she attended just days before going into labor. 

But only the arrival of Alexander could put a real smile on Polina's face again. He is her delight. She gazes at him with a peaceful smile as he snuggles in his grandmother's arms, and in just 10 days, has taken enough pictures to fill three books. She e-mails them back to family and friends in Russia, particularly to Dmitri's parents. 

Polina hasn't decided when she will return to Russia. She has a temporary visa, which permits her to stay for several more months. Once that expires, she can apply for a green card if she chooses. Because he was born here, Alexander already is a U.S. citizen. 

Of course, it is still so hard. Not even Alexander can wipe away all of the tears or erase all of his mother's hurt. It is always there, just below the surface. When asked what she will tell her son of his father when Alexander grows up, Polina just smiles quietly. 

Finally, after a minute or so, her eyes brimming with tears, she whispers simply, "Everything." 

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