Zhenya is two years old, and comes from the ancient Russian city of Veliky Ustyug. Like many toddlers, Zhenya loves to go walking around the yard and to ride sledges downhill.
Last November, he broke his leg on the way down. The break healed, but for some reason Zhenya kept limping, and grew sad and listless. His mother took him to a doctor, and that’s when they learned that he had acute lymphoblastic leukaemia. Zhenya was sent to Moscow, to the Centre for Children’s Haematology.
At the hospital, he kept watching his favourite cartoons, and was never far from his toy friend, Bantik the bear. According to the doctors, Zhenya had intermediate-risk leukaemia, complicated by an allergy to the primary medicine Asparginase.
In April, with the aid of Gift of Life’s donors we were able to buy Zhenya ten packs of Erwinase. This aid turned out to be pricesless – Zhenya’s body accepted the drug well, he went into remission and the doctors sent him home for rehabilitation. His last check-up was in October, and all was well.
We are very happy for him and grateful to everyone who has helped him and other children receive the treatment they need.