Port Angeles: Ukrainian sailor released for convalescence

PORT ANGELES – A Ukrainian sailor who nearly lost his leg in a shipboard accident in November was discharged from Olympic Medical Center last week and is now in a local convalescent home.

Before he left the hospital, Vyacheslav Kornya – called “Slava” at OMC because his first name was difficult for staffers to pronounce – made several new friends.

Strangers bearing gifts visited Kornya on Christmas Day and through the week, said Rhonda Curry, hospital spokesperson.

The 45-year-old sailor’s injury, Coast Guard rescue and treatment at OMC were reported by the Peninsula Daily News on Christmas Eve.

Kornya is a native of Odessa, Ukraine.

His wife, Lyudmila Serbinova, and their 14-year-old daughter, Arina, are at their home in the Ukraine.

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