DIANA ZHARIKOVA

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10 NOVEMBER 2016

DIANA ZHARIKOVA

Diana is four years old. She comes from the town of Kashira near Moscow. She is a very friendly girl who loves to play doctor. This isn’t surprising, since Diana has been ill nearly her whole life. At four months old, she developed a bump under her knee, which after extensive tests was regrettably determined to be lymphoma. For two whole years, little Diana heroically endured paracentesis, chemotherapy and radiotherapy, and was finally declared fit to go home. Unfortunately, the illness wasn’t gone, merely taking a break, and a year later it returned in full. Now Diana is receiving treatment at the Children’s Haematology Centre in Moscow. Due to an allergy to the drug Asparginase, the doctors prescribed her Erwinase, which is not paid for by the government. The 3 packs Diana needed cost £9144, and were bought with money from charity donations. Diana is currently being treated using Erwinase, and taking it well. She is now in remission. In order to reinforce the results of the treatment, she needs a bone marrow transplant, and a fully compatible donor has already been found. We wish her the best of luck.