Four-year-old Timur was diagnosed with an arachnoid cyst and chronic subdural hematoma when he was an infant. Over time, the cyst caused him multiple neurologic issues, and by the time he turned 4, he was having severe headaches daily. In his native Ukraine, Timur had two surgeries to drain fluid from his brain and to have an Ommaya reservoir implanted, which helped control the symptoms for some time. However, Timur now needs to have a surgery to have the reservoir removed, so that he ceases suffering from headaches. This is a complicated surgery that could not be done in Ukraine. Timur's parents found a hospital in Spain that specializes in pediatric neurosurgery, and Timur was accepted. However, the treatment comes with a high cost, and Timur's parents needed our help.
To date this year, we were able to help three children who needed to travel abroad for treatment, and spent the total of $3,320 to support them. We receive requests for financial aid from many countries in the former Soviet Union - Ukraine, Belarus, Azerbaijan, Tajikistan, Russia, Georgia and others. We do our best to provide help to every family that needs it, at 1,000 euro limit.
We really appreciate your help for Timur and patients like him who struggle with paying for costly treatment abroad. Unfortunately, in most cases, these families do not have a choice. In Ukraine, no city is safe from Russian attacks, and millions of people have already fled from under the constant bombardments. Treatment abroad is their only option to access treatment. Other countries in the former Soviet Union lag behind in terms of access to modern treatment and travel abroad offers the families a chance to reach newer, lifesaving therapy.
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Thanks again for your support of this project!