To be very clear, in no capacity do I condone Mr. Zdravkovic’s actions. As far as the police, our lawyers, and our staff are concerned, Mr. Zdravkovic was operating as a mentor to Mikhail Lesin at the time of his death. Although this does not necessarily protect any of their correspondence under doctor-patient confidentiality, were I to release these to you now, I would personally consider it an ethical lapse on my part and a violation of their trust as well as the trust of future and past Open Hands residents.
I apologize if this is not the answer you were looking for and wish you the best of luck in your search for closure. If you feel that you need to discuss this further, my door is always open. If you do not feel comfortable discussing these matters with me, I take no offense and would be happy to recommend a colleague.
Jacquelyn Hart, MC
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I understand. I figured you wouldn't be able to actually release them. I was more hoping you could go through them yourself for any information they might contain on Mikhail's family, and any wishes he might have in terms of contacting them. I don't know how much you'd be able to relay. If the answer is 'nothing' I won't ask again. I don't really know what's appropriate in these situations. I want to do right by Mikhail, in so far as that's possible now, but I don't know what that looks like.
As for closure, I'll keep your offer in mind.
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