Semyon just celebrated his fifth birthday. He is a rather serious boy from the small Urals town of Nizhny Tagil. Despite his young age, Semyon already knows how to read, and loves reading, as well as playing mentally demanding board games and building structures and mechanisms with construction sets. In fact, he dreams of becoming a design engineer when he grows up, and inventing new and useful things. We believe in Semyon’s dream, but first he needs to recover.
Semyon fell ill in the early spring of 2013. He developed a fever that wouldn’t go down, and his legs became covered with huge bruises. When his mother took him to the doctor, he turned out to have an oncological blood disease, namely acute lymphoblastic leukaemia. Semyon began to receive treatment in Yekaterinburg, and finally the disease went into remission. In order to reinforce these results, Semyon needed to complete a full course of the standard medicine used to treat leukaemia in Russia.
However, during one session, Semyon started to display an extremely acute allergy to the medicine: his skin went red and he began to choke. Fortunately, there were doctors with him who managed to stop the allergic reaction. In order to prevent the disease from coming back, treatment had to finish, using Erwinase instead of standard therapy.
This medicine is not registered in Russia, and thus not paid for by the government. Erwinase is very expensive, and Semyon’s mother, who is bringing him up on her own, certainly couldn’t afford it.
Thanks to your donations, we were able to buy 3 packs of Erwinase for Semyon Sharonov. He has completed a full course of Erwinase treatment, gone into stable remission and been released to go home, to his great joy.
Thank you from the bottom of our hearts for supporting Semyon, his doctors and his mother!