Throughout her life, 8 year-old Alyona underwent 16 brain surgeries, while half of her life she spent in the department of neurosurgery. The girl’s life entirely depends on the special shunt – a system of tubes and a pump which allow removal of cerebrospinal fluid from the head.
Alyona has suffered from shunt-dependent hydrocephalus and cerebral palsy since her childhood, which was a consequence of a severe birth injury. Despite her health problems, the girl is good at reading and writing. She studies at a school for children with special needs.