Date of birth: 21.09.2010

Diagnosis:  Spina bifida

Through your kind donations, we were able to raise 52 322,00$ to pay for Elena’s treatment.

Lena was born on 21 September, 2010. Her parents did not suspect that something was wrong with their child. However, a lump on the spine was spotted while the baby was still in the delivery room. Later the diagnosis of spina bifida was confirmed in the hospital.

At the age of 4 months she underwent surgery in Saint Petersburg which was followed by complications – meningitis and functional disorders of pelvic organs. Nevertheless, the girl learnt to walk without any aids. When Lena was 2.5  she was diagnosed with tethered spinal cord syndrome. It means that as the child ages, the tension of the spinal cord increases, which may potentially result in inability to walk.

This year Lena went to school. She works hard, likes to write and draw, wins contests. Now the girl gets tired quickly when walking, complains of leg pains and is notably slouched, which are indications of changes for the worse in her condition.

Clinic Assuta in Israel is prepared to treat Lena giving her a chance of recovery. The operation is scheduled for February 9th. The cost of the operation is $ 51,493.

Whatever the holiday is, Lena always makes one and only wish – to be healthy!

As a matter of fact, miracles do happen. Quite recently we told you a story about Victoria Mostovaya. Just within few days we managed to raise $ 30,000 with your help. One of our donors transferred the full amount required for treatment directly to the clinic. Therefore we are giving all the money raised for treatment of our new caretaker – Lena Petmanson. We still need 2 276$ for her surgery.