Spinal surgery can save Nastya Kosterina 

Nastya Kosterina, 8 years old, 4th degree scoliokyphosis and osteogenesis imperfecta. She needs spinal surgery at the Children's Hospital of Philadelphia, USA. It costs $342,597.55.

The cost of accommodations, food, transportation and other associated expenses for Nastya and her mother is $6,200.

Nastya KosterinaNastya was born with osteogenesis imperfecta. It was not diagnosed right away. From age four she underwent treatment including pamidronate therapy at various Moscow hospitals. My daughter’s bones strengthened and stopped breaking. Last year, after surgery on her left foot she finally started to walk. But there is more misfortune: at the age of 18 months she was diagnosed with scoliosis. The curvature of her spine quickly became critical. Until Nastya started walking it was bearable but now that she is more active, it causes her much pain. Nastya always really wanted to go to school and now it was possible. But she cannot sit through all her classes – during each break I help her lie down to rest. The children like Nastya a lot, but she's embarrassed by her hump and tries to hide it under her clothes. Only spinal implant surgery can help our daughter. However, due to her main diagnosis this type of surgery is only available at a limited number of hospitals. The Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia in the US has agreed to accept Nastya. We're not able to cover the high cost of the surgery ourselves: my husband is an engineer, I take care of Nastya, and we receive Nastya's disability pension. Please, help us! Oksana Kosterina, Nizhny Novgorod Region. 

$348,797.55 is needed to save Nastya Kosterina.

Natalia Belova, Head of Pediatrics, European Medical Center (EMC), Moscow: “We have been treating Nastya for three years. Therapy for her main condition, osteogenesis imperfecta, was very successful. However, Nastya has developed severe scoliosis. Only surgery can help. It can be done in the US, at The Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia where all of the essential specialists are available: orthopedic surgeons, geneticists and specialists in osteogenesis imperfecta. After the surgery, Nastya will be able to move more actively and develop more adequately».

The cost of Nastya 's surgery is $342,597.55. The cost of accommodations, food, transportation and other associated expenses for Nastya and his mother is $6,200, but the family doesn't have such a large amount of money.

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