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    World famous musician Elton John has said he wanted to adopt a 14-month-old baby from an orphanage in Ukraine

    LONDON, September 13 (RIA Novosti) - World famous musician Elton John has said he wanted to adopt a 14-month-old baby from an orphanage in Ukraine, the British media reported.

    The singer, who is known for his anti-AIDS activities and is a founder of the Elton John AIDS Foundation (EJAF), visited on Saturday the orphanage in Makeyevka, in Ukraine's eastern Donetsk region.

    According to the BBC, the 62-year-old singer, who is officially married to his gay-partner David Furnish, told a news conference after the visit that the couple had being considering adoption for a long time but he always rejected the idea, citing his age, busy performance schedule and life style.

    "But having seen Lev [the baby] today, I would love to adopt him...I've changed my mind today," the musician said.

    Elton John was accompanied on his trip by the founder of the Ukrainian Anti-AIDS foundation, Olena Franchuk, daughter of former Ukrainian president Leonid Kuchma. The two foundations cooperate in the joint Children Plus project, which is intended to make better the life of the children, born to HIV-infected mothers.

    "The children are really happy here. I am also happy to see such a good work, but, at the same time, it is a pity that such children mostly live out of the society," he said earlier.

    Elton John said his AIDS Foundation started cooperation with Ukraine, because the number of HIV/AIDS-infected children in this country is the largest in Eastern Europe. There are more than 22,000 HIV/AIDS-infected children officially registered in the country, according to the Ministry of Ukraine on Family and Youth.

    "He is here to make wonders come true in the lives of the most unfortunate people - little HIV-infected children, who have no families," Olena Franchuk said, adding that their joint efforts are aimed to help such children to become part of the society, and to make people consider them "real heroes", but not "social outcasts."

    According to the project organizers, 36 HIV-infected children have found their new families since the start of the project in February 2008.


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