Sheckley to be Released from Kiev Hospital

KIEV, Ukraine -- Famous American fantasy author Robert Sheckley, who is now in a private clinic in Kiev, will be transported home Thursday, Director of the Boris Clinic Alexei Gromazin told the News-Ukraine Agency Tuesday.

Sheckley is in grave but stable condition, but "there are some improvements in his state," Gromazin said.

According to Gromazin, a Kiev businessman picked up the tab for Sheckley's stay at the clinic.

"We know him, but he did not want his name to be mentioned," he said.

The 76-year-old Sheckley arrived in Kiev in the middle of April to take part in a forum for fantasy writers. Within three days he was hospitalized and diagnosed with progressive respiratory deficiency.

After it became known that Sheckley had lost his insurance policy, and difficulties arose with the payment of his medical bills, the "My Computer" Publishing House, which had invited him to Ukraine, guaranteed it would cover the costs, while Sheckley's relatives appealed to his fans for help.

Sheckley's insurance company did not comment on the situation.

Source: RIA Novosti