Matvey was three months old when, on a routine examination, the neurologist noted that my son was not following the toy with his eyes. An ultrasound showed detachment of the retina in both eyes. We did not know then what terrible news awaited us. In November of the previous year, at the Helmholtz Research Institute of Eye Diseases (Moscow), my son was diagnosed with a complete loss of vision. But we did not give up, we began to look for clinics and doctors who could help Matvey, and on your website we read about a clinic in the USA where the children you helped were successfully treated. We wrote to them, forwarded all the medical documents, and they agreed to accept us for examination and treatment. Our relatives helped us raise money, and we brought Matvey to this clinic. They are planning to "straighten out" the retinas of the eyes of my son, which have curled into funnels. And then, the doctors will determine the method for further treatment – using stem cells or using a special implanted chip, so that my son would be able to distinguish light and shadows and the contours of objects. Unfortunately, the right eye has already begun to decrease in size, and we need to hurry in order to save the second one. Help us, please!
Julia Kamakina, Chelyabinsk region
To save 11-month-old Matvey 6,750 USD is needed
The cost of Matvey's treatment is 34,840 USD. We are happy to report that Rusfond has raised the entire amount needed. However, an additional 6,750 USD may be required for him and his mother's flights, accommodations, food, local transportation, and other associated expenses for the duration of their stay in the USA. Dear friends, if you decide to help Matvey, please don’t feel intimidated by the price. All donations will be accepted with equal gratitude. You can contribute to Rusfond USA using PayPal or by sending a check made payable to Rusfond USA and mailing it to Rusfond USA, 420 Lexington Avenue, Suite 300, New York, NY 10170. Thank you! All donations in excess of what is needed for Matvey will help other children in need of surgery.
Dr. Cagri Besirli, MD, Associate Professor of Ophthalmology at the University of Michigan (Ann Arbor, Michigan, USA): "We are waiting for Matvey to undergo re-examination under general anesthesia and surgery to remove scar tissue in the left eye. The purpose of the surgery is to restore the anatomy of the retina, as well as to prepare the eye for further therapy."