Russia lacks experienced specialists able to perform certain key surgical procedures. For instance, non-traumatic bone surgery helps to restore cancer-impaired limbs. This actually can make all the difference between full recovery and a lifetime of disability. While such experts can be found abroad, the significant costs of sending a child to another country for treatment mean that many children struggle to receive the care they need, even with the generous aid of our donors.
In 2012 Gift of Life partnered up with Dmitry Rogachev National Research Center of Pediatric Hematology, Oncology and Immunology to invite leading foreign specialists to Russia to operate. This way a significant amount of money is saved and more children can receive special treatments. At the same time, Russian doctors get to learn from their foreign colleagues and to study advanced techniques and foreign technology.
We have already been able to secure the participation of such renowned international experts as Ingo Melcher of the Centre for Musculoskeletal Surgery at the Charité University Hospital in Berlin, Germany.
With your aid, we hope to bring many more surgeons to perform operations at the Centre. Eventually, this project will ensure that all Russian children with cancer can receive the treatment they need in Russia.