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Kseniya Vasilets was born with Proximal Femoral Focal Deficiency. Let's try to raise money for Kseniya's surgery that may change her life.

Dear Friends,

I recently learned that my school friend's daughter Kseniya was born with Proximal Femoral Focal Deficiency (PFFD) a rare birth defect that affects the pelvis, particularly the hip bone, and the proximal femur. The disorder may affect one side or both, with the hip being deformed and the leg shortened. Currently the difference in length between Kseniya's left and right leg is 6 cm (2.37 inches). As she grows and develops, this difference will increase. Unfortunately, the Kaliningrad Region (where her parents live) does not have doctors who could help Kseniya.

After many trips to Saint Petersburg her parents were informed that there is not much our government and our doctors could do to help Kseniya with this birth defect. Her parents found Dr. Paley (http://www.paleyinstitute.org/) who they consulted about Kseniya's condition. Kseniya just had her first birthday. After she turns two years old, she can have the surgery. It is possible to create a joint that will grow while Kseniya is growing.It is a rare surgery and normally people get a prosthesis. However, prosthesis means that Kseniya will be disabled person for the whole life. The estimated cost for the procedure and physical therapy is approximately $111,000.

It is painful to see how many people suffer in this world despite the fact their health issues could be solved. Kseniya's parents, Victoriya and Dmitriy, are trying their best to collect the money needed for the surgery and therapy. It is almost impossible to afford this type of surgery if you live in Russia and your annual salary is less than 10% of the needed sum for Kseniya's hospital expenses.

Friends, I ask you to help as you can to raise money for Kseniya's life changing surgery. Sometimes even a dollar can make a difference. It is tough to see people suffer but it is more painful when child suffers. Right now Kseniya is as happy as all other babies, but who knows what her future holds. She has special shoes to help her learn to walk. It is clear there are many other people who live with PFFD. However, if there is a chance that the life of one child could be changed for the better (or easier), let's try to make it happen. I thank you for all your help.

If you wish to see more documents or get more information please don't hesitate to contact me: 646-726-3695 or anastassija@gmail.com

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