In the fifth month, the doctors urged little Bohdan’s mother to stop pregnancy. "I felt my son with every cell of my body, and I would never have done such a thing." Bohdan was born with a cyst of the brain which caused hydrocephalus. In three months of his life, the boy and his mom have never been at home at all. Now he needs a very expensive therapy and a surgery for which his parents have no more money.
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Mariia always loved to play with children, helped her mother with her younger sister. She began to dream about her future, about becoming a mother herself. And suddenly she got horrible news – a malignant tumor affected her female organs. Neuroblastoma at the age of 17 is a very complicated disease. She had to take an academic vacation and to fight for her life.
Nazar loved so much to socialize with his friends. Now every day he gets more and more reserved. He doesn’t leave his apartment for almost eight months because he is very ashamed of his illness, of his weakness. The guy was always active, engaged in some Greco-Roman wrestling but now has to undergo chemotherapy. He has to but he cannot. He needs the drug Methotrexate which is not available in the department. The bill is almost 29 000 UAH. Nazar’s dad died in a car accident and his mom who is now alone cannot afford such an amount.
Medical science aimed at cancer treatment doesn’t stay still. New medicines and therapies appear. The targeted therapy with the use of the drug Athenitor belongs to such innovations. This therapy is aimed at molecular changes in the cancer cell. And it is a lifeline for Yaroslav. Now Yaroslav is undergoing treatment for the fifth month, his condition is improving. There is a great hope for recovery!
Lev is the third child in the family, in which four children are brought up. Working parents, amicable children, a close-knit family. The father as a bee works to provide all necessary for his loved ones, and the mother is the keeper of the home. At the end of March 2018, the distress came into the house! Three years old Levushka was diagnosed with cancer!
On the question about her dreams, Nastia doesn’t talk about a new cool gadget or a fashionable dress but immediately replies: "I want a dog, a golden labrador! But we do not even own a house, and I am having a surgery..." She is such a little girl and at the same time, she is such an adult. She has a brain tumor that needs to be urgently operated on. But her parents do not have enough money to buy the necessary medications and supplies.
17-year-old Andriy entered a financial college but instead of studying he is hospitalized at the Cancer Institute with a diagnosis of Ewing’s sarcoma. The young man underwent the main treatment in his native Ivano-Frankivsk. And now Andriy is in Kyiv because only here one can receive high-dose chemotherapy with a transplant of stem cells. One can receive it theoretically, since without accompanying medication, antifungal drugs and antibiotics, it is not possible to start the cycle. After all, all blood indices are very low, and the smallest infection will be deadly. The medical bill is almost twenty-eight thousand UAH which is an impossible amount for the family from a small village.
Prematurely born child due to underdevelopment of all vital organs gets transferred to resuscitation after birth. Here begin the most responsible resuscitation activities. And any first aid is associated with supporting the breathing of a small patient. Artificial respiration with the help of Ambu's respiratory resuscitation bag often helps the resuscitator to save the baby's life.
This smiling beauty is Eva Novak. She is very active, cheerful, curious and has many friends, she loves drawing and dancing, she takes part in various contests and competitions with pleasure, and in the fall she is going to first class. Six years ago many people fought for the life of this girl. The baby was born on the 28th week of pregnancy with a weight of 1340 g in the maternity hospital in Rivne. Unfortunately, the state of the child was extremely difficult, the doctors put all the new disappointing diagnoses and very carefully made predictions for the future.
Slavik has been hospitalized at the Cancer Institute for two years already. His mom tells us that when a boy walks through the corridors of the department, he looks at the photos of children who have won against a terrible disease and constantly asks: "When will my photo be here?". Through tears, his mom promises that soon his picture will be on the wall with the inscription "The Winner". But treatment, unfortunately, continues. The tumor cannot be surgically removed but the chemotherapy drug Avastin turned out to be effective. The problem is that the family does not have money for the next cycle. The price of one vial is almost 8000 UAH and he needs a few of such vials.