SIR Elton John's dream of adopting a Ukrainian boy has inspired the tot's troubled mother to try and turn her life around.
John and his partner David Furnish wanted to take 15-month-old Lev back to England after meeting him during a visit to an orphanage in Makeeva, Ukraine last month (Sep09).
The country has a ban on gay couples fostering children so the couple was forced to give up on their dream of playing parents to Lev.
But the tot's alcoholic mother Marina - who had both her children taken into care by social workers - saw her son's plight on television, and has now vowed to recover from her addictions to give Lev a happy childhood in the Ukraine.
She tells Britain's The Sun newspaper, "I love him so much and desperately want him back so I can hold him again. I know Elton fell in love with my Lev. I saw him holding him and kissing him on TV and in the newspapers. I understand Elton's feelings. Lev is a very sunny and cheerful boy. It's impossible not to love him. But I'm going to overcome my problems. I so much want my babies back.
"When I last saw Lev, he was crawling and could barely stand. But now he walks very confidently. I know I had problems - but I hope this black period in my life will soon be over."