Cancer Survivor Needs Implant to Save Her Leg

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This project will help Sevil whose left leg is shorter by almost five centimeters. The Crimean Tatar girl is a cancer survivor but now she needs a special bone implant to save her leg.

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The doctors and the mother did their best to save Sevil's leg affected by the tumor from amputation. The Crimean Tatar girl had a temporary prosthesis installed and it allowed her to grow and live a full teenage life. With time Sevil "overgrew" it and now a new implant has to be installed as soon as possible to save the girl's leg. Besides, the heavy load on the healthy leg leads to the knee damage. And if the load is not removed, her healthy leg will need to be treated too.


The price of the implant that must be manufactured individually is more than 50 000 dollars. Together with Sevil's mom Zaporuka Foundation has started a fundraising campaign to provide the girl with the necessary bone implant. This implant can prevent the girl from having a disability in the country where disabled people are in fact invisible because most Ukrainian cities are not disability-friendly, making it nearly impossible for people with health conditions to appear outside.

Long-Term Impact

The ultimate goal of Zaporuka is to contribute to the approximation of the general level of medical assistance for children in Ukraine to the best world standards and thus to the increase of their long-term survival and their quality of life after the disease. Sevil and other cancer survivors like her should have a chance for a high quality of life after the disease even if they come from low-income one-parent families.


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Charitable Foundation Zaporuka

Location: Kyiv - Ukraine
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Twitter: @_zaporuka
Project Leader:
Iana Dashkovska
Kyiv, Ukraine

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