SEOUL, South Korea -- The two Korean children who flew to the United States on the presidential plane with first lady Nancy Reagan returned home today after their successful heart surgery.
Ahn Ji-sook, a 7-year-old girl, and Lee Kil-woo, a 4-year-old boy, arrived at Seoul's Kimpo Airport aboard a commercial plane at 6:45 a.m. local time (4:45 p.m. EST Wednesday) and were met by their parents and other well-wishers.
Mrs. Reagan took the two children with her aboard Air Force One on Nov. 14 when she and President Reagan left Seoul at the end of a three-day visit to South Korea.
She arranged for the children to undergo heart surgery at St. Francis Hospital in Roslyn, N.Y.
Sheila Tate, the first lady's press secretary, said Wednesday that Lee Kil-woo's father, Jong Kwon Lee, wrote a touching letter on Nov. 23 to Mrs. Reagan, pledging to help other youngsters in similar need.
Lee has been working in Saudi Arabia to save up enough money to pay the costs of the heart operation for his son.
Lee said he would return home in April, after a year in Saudi Arabia, to see his son.