Anatoli is an 8-year old from Ukraine. He is a quiet boy who loves books and has a vivid imagination. Last year Anatoli suddenly fell ill. When local doctors failed to diagnose him, the family took him to Israel for treatment. Within days of arrival, Anatoli was paralyzed from waist down. A tumor in his spine was discovered and Anatoli was operated, but he remains paraplegic to this day. The doctors are administering him chemotherapy to try and shrink the tumor and restore his mobility. Anatoli is now half way through the treatment, and he needs our support to continue it and get well.
Here is his story in his own words:
Hello. My name is Anatolii. I am 8 year old.Several months ago I fell ill seriously, and I don't feel my legs right now. In spite of all the efforts of my family to find a specialist who could diagnose and help me in Ukraine, we failed.After having done the MRI check in Ukraine we went to Israel to be diagnosed in a proper way and I undergone the operation immediately, because according to MRI there was a tumor in the spine area.In Ukraine the doctors couldn't say what kind of tumor I have. So, we stayed in Israel. I was diagnosed with sarcoma and now I have being treated with chemotherapy which is very hard on me.My mother and father are also in Israel with me doing everything they can to save my life, but we are short of money and resources.I'm asking you kindly to help me and to keep me alive.I am dreaming about walking again, doing hiking and playing football with my little brother.
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We have recently received a new request for help from a family of a little Russian boy who is currently treated in Germany. Oleg is 4 years old. He was a happy and active kid who loved toy cars, robots and dinosaurs, until two years ago when he suddenly got fever and stomachache, and became naseous. A large abdominal tumor was discovered at ultrasound examination. And then treatment began - it included three surgeries, 8 cycles of chemotherapy and 12 sessions of radiation therapy. After one of the surgeries, Oleg lost 90% of his blood and got infected with hepatitis B in transfused blood. Eventually, he achieved remission - but only for two months. After relapse, his doctors suggested traveling abroad for further treatment, as Russia lacks such modern approaches as MIBG therapy, widely used in Europe.
Oleg's parents are young people who could not pay full costs of cancer treatment in another country. Fortunately, a large Russian charity stepped in and agreed to sponsor Oleg's hospital bills. Recently Oleg and his mom arrived at Greifswald, Germany. The University Hospital of Greifswald specializes in treating children with the type of cancer Oleg has, but it will take a long time and much effort. Oleg's family will need to remain there on treatment for at least six more months, and they need to raise funds to afford long-term lodging. Please help us support Oleg's family in their fight for their son.
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