Emil was born with a spinal cord defect. He was diagnosed with Spina Bifida at the Children’s Republican Clinical Hospital of the Republic of Tatarstan in Kazan. It’s a fault in the development of the neural tube and surrounding bones which leaves a split in the spine with a spinal cord cyst.

When the baby was 1.5 months old, he had an operation as a result of which part of the fat tissue was removed. The boy needed annual clinical MRI scan to be carried under sedation. Regular massage, therapeutic gymnastics and rehabilitation courses became an integral part of the boy’s lifestyle and put the whole family to the test.

In 2014 the boy was diagnosed with yet another problem – acute pyelonephritis, acute urinary retention. In spite of the regular rehabilitation procedures the boy has developed a club foot and started walking on tiptoes. His general condition was deteriorating and this year he was diagnosed with tethered spinal cord syndrome.

Although the current diagnosis was more than serious, Emil happened to be a cheerful boy. He could read, he liked listening to stories and he was planning to go to school next year. The boy as especially fond of constructing imaginary cities from Lego building sets. What’s more, Emil was keen on horses. He never forgot to bring them a treat when he was on a visit to an eco-farm. In a way, the “tethered spinal cord” diagnosis was similar to a time bomb.

As the boy was growing older, his health was deteriorating. He might finally find himself confined to a wheelchair. The Assuta Medical Center in Israel had offered to operate on Emil on 26 of March 2018.

Thanks to your support we were able to raise 51543 US dollars to pay for the operation.

Parents ' gratitude

Dear Wizards!

You cannot even imagine how important to us was your help and support. I will never get tired to thank you for the chance that you gave to us. It was so scaring to realize that my son could be disabled and could get into a wheelchair since his spinal cord was stretched as string. People that were absolutely unknown to us helped us to get our chance and this is a greatest miracle for my son. I want to sincerely thank you and bow to you and may God give a strong helth to you and your beloved ones! Let the God protect you from all the adversities!