Blue eyes, long braid – her name is Alisa. She looks like a dreamy girl, but she is thirty-one already, and she has cerebral palsy. She practically cannot move her arms and legs. Old retired parents carry Alisa in a wheelchair. Alisa is intelligent, intellectually developed, interested in everything and she loves to learn. One day, this family visited Dr. Bersenev’s Medical Centre. The girl has been getting treatment courses for many years. It helps to relieve her ailment.
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The Vasylyuk family loves children very much, so all of its members were looking forward to the appearance of the fourth child. Nothing foreshadowed troubles - according to the results of ultrasonic diagnosis, the child was absolutely healthy. Truth was revealed at the birth itself. Vasya was born with a terrible diagnosis: Arnold Chiari Syndrome and complete absence of the cerebellum.
Doctors said that the chances of surviving are extremely small. But the family didn't give up and insisted on the operation.
Misha Shcherbakov, who is 19 years old now, has always been a smiling boy. Despite the fact that he was born prematurely and nearly from birth received a terrible diagnosis of cerebral palsy. But the luck was at his side. When the boy was eight months old, the fate sent him a meeting with the wonderful person – Dr. Bersenev. Then, in the beginning, thanks to the unique method created by Dr. Volodymyr Bersenev, the child learned to sit and crawl, to stand; he took the first steps – at the same way as other healthy children, albeit with a delay. A little bit later Misha started to ask for a potty, to repeat the words and syllables and then – to talk.
Taking into account insufficient funding and hard financial situation, the Department of Neurosurgery of Odessa Regional Clinical Hospital badly needs assistance. Every year the Department of Neurosurgery treats 1,200-1,300 patients and administers pharmacotherapy and therapy of nervous system diseases including the brain, spinal marrow, and peripheral nervous system. Neurosurgeons perform about 600 operations annually. Regretfully, the funds allocated by the state do not allow of covering even the most necessary needs for health care of such number of patients.
Maria and Daria are sisters with different fates. Girls are for 2 years. Maria is already walking, she says, rejoices. Daria does not sit, does not speak, does not walk, does not play, does not hold toys with hands, eats only liquid food... Maria has a real childhood and a healthy future, and Daria has atrophy of the brain and microcephaly of the head.