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This fundraiser ended on 06/13/10

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Evgeniya (Jenya) Alekseeva is in urgent need of spinal surgery. We are trying to raise the funds for her spinal surgery set for July 9th, 2010.

Jenya is 12 years old. She lives with her mother in Moscow. We are trying to raise the funds for her spinal surgery set for July 9th, 2010.



UPDATE (7/20/2010):

We are pleased to inform all those who sympathize with Jenya that the operation was successful! Two incisions were made, and both of the phases of the operation were completed at once. Jenya is recovering nicely, and already beginning to walk. The stitches are healing even better than the doctors expected.

If everything goes well, Jenya will be discharged from the hospital tomorrow, and will see the doctors on an outpatient basis for a few weeks, after which the doctors will suggest bringing her back home to Moscow.

 

To all those who contributed to the successful outcome of the surgery, Jenya, her mom, and all of us are deeply grateful!

 

UPDATE (6/11/2010):

We were told that through the efforts of many people, including you, the required amount for the surgery has been reached! Thank you, thank you, thank you! The fundraiser will end on Monday the 14th of June, and you can still donate until then. The excess funds collected will go towards the costs associated with travel and the stay in Germany for Jenya and her mother. Again, thank you so much to everyone who has pitched in.

 

UPDATE (5/20/2010):

We've just been notified that the clinic postponed the date of the first operation. It is now set for July 9th. Because of this - we have extended this fundraiser until the 27th of June.

Thank you very, very much to all who donated so far! Please continue to do so as we are still shy of our original goal.

In the spring of 2009, Jenya was diagnosed with scoliosis, which is the deformation in the curvature of the spine. Russian clinics refused to operate on Jenya "due to danger of complications from symptoms of secondary conditions", because she suffers from inborn disease of the Central Nervous System and delays in psychological and verbal development. The disease has progressed and girl's health sharply deteriorated.

In April 2010, with great difficulty it was possible for her to undergo a consultation at the University Clinic of Münster, Germany. Consilium of the best specialists in spinal disease came to a more specific diagnosis: "Myopathologic dual-arc thoracic scoliosis of the right side with the inverse curvature symptomatic of juvenile cerebral palsy". The arc of curvature was determined to be 85-86 degrees (according to Russian classification, it is the fourth and the most severe stage).

The only treatment of spine conditions of this magnitude is surgical operation, and it must be done before the bones harden, and the vertebrae acquire the final deformed shape. If this occurs, even the German surgeon specialists will not perform the needed surgery. Unfortunately for the girl, this will result in an even greater increase in the curvature arc, a deep strain on all internal organs, rapid development of cardiac and respiratory insufficiency, the strongest practically unbearable pain, and ultimately - a very painful and short life.

Doctors at the University Clinic of Münster have a lot of experience in operating on the spine, they also perform operations on children with severe secondary conditions. They think that, despite the horrid diagnosis, Jenya is a patient, obedient, intelligent, and well-developed girl who will be able to cope well with the surgery and the post-operative recovery period.

German doctors also emphasize that the operation for Jenya is absolutely necessary, is of vital importance, and MUST be performed urgently. Despite the fact that there were no payment guarantees, the plan for surgery was already put into effect. On July 9th, there is an opportunity to perform the first surgical procedure (on straightening the spine). And at a later date - the second (rib restoration - due to deformation of the spine, the ribs have currently moved deep into her thorax).

The total price for these two surgeries at the University Clinic of Münster is approximately $66,000. With your help, around $45,000 have been raised to date. Approximately $21,000 are still left to go.

Jenya lives alone with her mother and the family’s financial situation is extremely limited. Her mother is on disability because of a recent stroke. All of their funds were spent on the girl's treatment and her education. They have nothing else left to sell, they live in a small studio apartment on the outskirts of Moscow. They have no car, summer home, valuable property, or any rich relatives to whom they can turn for help.

This is a plea to anyone who may be able to help.onday the 14th of June, and you can still donate until then. The excess funds collected will go towards the costs associated with travel and the stay in Germany for Jenya and her mother. Again, thank you so much to everyone who has pitched in.

 

UPDATE (5/20/2010):

We've just been notified that the clinic postponed the date of the first operation. It is now set for July 9th. Because of this - we have extended this fundraiser until the 27th of June.

Thank you very, very much to all who donated so far! Please continue to do so as we are still shy of our original goal.

In the spring of 2009, Jenya was diagnosed with scoliosis, which is the deformation in the curvature of the spine. Russian clinics refused to operate on Jenya "due to danger of complications from symptoms of secondary conditions", because she suffers from inborn disease of the Central Nervous System and delays in psychological and verbal development. The disease has progressed and girl's health sharply deteriorated.

In April 2010, with great difficulty it was possible for her to undergo a consultation at the University Clinic of Münster, Germany. Consilium of the best specialists in spinal disease came to a more specific diagnosis: "Myopathologic dual-arc thoracic scoliosis of the right side with the inverse curvature symptomatic of juvenile cerebral palsy". The arc of curvature was determined to be 85-86 degrees (according to Russian classification, it is the fourth and the most severe stage).

The only treatment of spine conditions of this magnitude is surgical operation, and it must be done before the bones harden, and the vertebrae acquire the final deformed shape. If this occurs, even the German surgeon specialists will not perform the needed surgery. Unfortunately for the girl, this will result in an even greater increase in the curvature arc, a deep strain on all internal organs, rapid development of cardiac and respiratory insufficiency, the strongest practically unbearable pain, and ultimately - a very painful and short life.

Doctors at the University Clinic of Münster have a lot of experience in operating on the spine, they also perform operations on children with severe secondary conditions. They think that, despite the horrid diagnosis, Jenya is a patient, obedient, intelligent, and well-developed girl who will be able to cope well with the surgery and the post-operative recovery period.

German doctors also emphasize that the operation for Jenya is absolutely necessary, is of vital importance, and MUST be performed urgently. Despite the fact that there were no payment guarantees, the plan for surgery was already put into effect. On July 9th, there is an opportunity to perform the first surgical procedure (on straightening the spine). And at a later date - the second (rib restoration - due to deformation of the spine, the ribs have currently moved deep into her thorax).

The total price for these two surgeries at the University Clinic of Münster is approximately $66,000. With your help, around $45,000 have been raised to date. Approximately $21,000 are still left to go.

Jenya lives alone with her mother and the family’s financial situation is extremely limited. Her mother is on disability because of a recent stroke. All of their funds were spent on the girl's treatment and her education. They have nothing else left to sell, they live in a small studio apartment on the outskirts of Moscow. They have no car, summer home, valuable property, or any rich relatives to whom they can turn for help.

This is a plea to anyone who may be able to help.

 
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