The girl is now receiving treatment at Dmitry Rogachev Centre for Pediatric Hematology and Oncology.
Ksenia will need to undergo a follow-up examination in two months and a second surgery in early summer, which will allow her to get back to normal life and leave the whole nightmare behind.
Ksenia had always been an active girl with vivid personality. She went to school, worked out and used to take long 20-km bike walks.
Her health began to fail in September 2016 when Ksenia started feeling an inexplicable weakness. With every passing day, it was getting worse. The girl developed severe anemia. In October Ksenia felt very sick and was taken to hospital.
As it turned out, health deterioration was caused by duodenal cancer that Ksenia and her family had no knowledge of. Unfortunately, the tumor had grown to the point of metastatic spreading. Multiple liver metastases, combined with the extremely rare nature of the illness, made it impossible for the Russian oncologists to help. Medical aid abroad was the only option for the girl.
The sudden illness did not break her spirit. Despite everything she had to go through, the girl returned to school a few days after her flight from Germany. She does not give up and keeps on struggling for health.