Russian family claims Umut is their son
Gülsüm Kabadayı and her family agreed to take care of a young man they call Umut, who was found unable to speak or move after an accident in Antalya. [The passport photo on the left shows Pavel Kuklin] (Photo: İHA, Sabri Çağlar)
A Russian family has claimed that a disabled young man who has been under the care of a Turkish woman after barely surviving a car accident in Turkey is their son.
Gülsüm Kabadayı, an Antalya resident, brought the young man -- who they named Umut (Hope) -- into her home after the 2008 crash that left him disabled, and has been caring for him as one of her own. Kabadayı was visiting a relative at the Akdeniz University (AÜ) intensive care unit when she saw the young man's condition and decided to take him in.
After Kabadayı was featured in the popular Russian talk show “Pust Govoryat” (Let Them Talk) last week, a Russian family in the city of Tomsk in Siberia claimed that Umut's real name is Pavel Kuklin and he is 28 years old.
However, the Tomsk police were not convinced by the Kuklin family's claim, as their son has been missing since 2004 and Umut had the accident only in 2008.
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Self-proclaimed mother Tatyana Kuklin is currently in Moscow to head to Turkey to see Umut. However, family friends of the woman told press that even if Umut is the Kuklin family's missing son, she would not be able to look after the disabled young man, as her husband is a heavy drinker and their financial condition is very bad.
Kabadayı has been searching for the family of Umut -- or Mustafa Öz, the name on the ID issued for him by Turkish authorities after no relative claimed him in 2008 -- since the day of the accident. The airing of the episode of “Pust Govoryat” and details it released in Russia have given new hope that the young man's real family, friends or somebody who knows him might come forward.