invasive diagnostics treat cancer
21 FEBRUARY 2017

Thanks for a better life for Lyuba Pechenyuk!

Thanks to you, we were able to pay £40 000 for invasive diagnostics for 13-year-old Lyuba Pechenyuk. She is suffering from a diffuse brain tumour, which means it has no clear boundaries and can’t be surgically removed. Unfortunately, some parts of the tumour cause epileptic seizures. Removing the parts of the tumour that trigger them is the only way to cure Lyuba’s epilepsy. That’s why invasive diagnostics was needed. The procedure involves an operation where electrodes are placed on the cerebral cortex and an EEG scan is taken. This diagnostic technique isn’t available in Russia right now, but the specialists of the University Hospital Bonn, in Germany, were prepared to carry it out.

Lyuba and her mum were admitted to the neurosurgical department of the clinic on the 6th of February. The operation to implant electrodes was conducted on the 7th of February and was successful, without any complications. Doctors waited for a seizure to happen to allocate which area causes them. Seizure happened only on the 13th of February with the help of electrical stimulation. The study confirmed which area affected by the tumour is causing them. German neurosurgeons successfully remove the tumour on the 16th of February. Lyuba is recovering and feeling good. Thank you so much for making it happened!

Here’s what our volunteer wrote about Lyuba:

Lyubasha came to Moscow for treatment from Kazakhstan, where she lives with her parents and her big sister Galya’s family. Galya is completely grown up—she’s married and has two children almost as old as Lyubasha. Lyubasha also has a big brother called Oleg, a little younger than Galya, but he doesn’t live with them. Her best friend, and as it happens her niece, is Oleg’s daughter Lera.

But Lyubasha’s most loyal friend used to be her dog Winnie-the-Pooh, a Moscow watchdog. Alas, Winnie died in 2012 from a tick bite. That is why Lyubasha knows from her own experience what it means to lose a close friend. Winnie was very kind and clever and was more excited than anyone to see her come home from the hospitals where she’s spent so much of her time.

For as long as she can remember, Lyubasha’s learned something new each time she was hospitalised—like drawing, and crafting from beads or from threads. She a very creative girl in general, and has a variety of skills. I want to believe that Lyubasha will have the opportunity to get better and express her creative abilities in everyday life outside the hospital.