Nastya is three years old. She comes from Krasny Sulin in the Rostov Oblast. Her parents spent a long time waiting for the chance to have her, and were delighted when she was born and grew up a healthy girl. Nastya was active, energetic and constantly happy, bringing joy to all her friends and family. She is a very social girl, and quick to find friends in her home yard. She loves playing on the swings in the summer and sledging downhill in the winter. Until the age of two and a half, Nastya was in good health, but then problems began. In early September 2012, her lymph nodes became inflamed, while her arms and legs developed bruises. She was examined and diagnosed with acute lymphoblastic leukaemia, and sent to the Children’s Haematology Centre in Moscow for treatment. Nastya’s three months of treatment have changed her. She’s become more serious, and spends a lot of time thinking about her home and the friends she left behind. She misses them terribly. In December, Nastya began receiving the standard chemical agent Asparginase. There were no problems during the first few rounds of treatment, but then she developed an acute allergic reaction, including nausea and a rash. The doctors decided to replace Asparginase with Erwinase, a drug not registered in Russia. Altogether, Nastya needed 12 packs of Erwinase, with a total cost of £36576. Thanks to the funds you donated, we were able to buy this medicine for Nastya. Thank you very much! Nastya is now being treated and taking it well. We wish her a swift recovery and return home.
Gift of Life offers hope and practical care to children and young adults whose families cannot afford treatment for cancer and other life-threatening illnesses. Thanks to the generous donations of our supporters, we have been able to save the lives of dozens of children through the provision of vital medicine and treatment.