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Dear Friends,

You are facing a serious situation and you have decided to turn to Rusfond USA.
We will try to do everything we can to help you. Please send the following information to you first and last name, first and last name of the child who needs help, his or her birthdate along with an outline of the problem (i.e. diagnosis, name of the hospital and the cost of medical treatment if known). Please also include your full mailing address and zip code, your email address, if any, and your phone numbers.
Please note – we can only consider requests for assistance at American hospitals. If you are seeking treatment outside of the United States, please write to in Russia.

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Lera Gaivoronskaya, 3 years old, pathology of the development of the right lower leg, requires additional surgical treatment at St. Mary's Hospital (West Palm Beach, USA), 7,575.00 USD

Lera Gaivoronskaya, 3 years old, pathology of the development of the right lower leg, requires additional surgical treatment at St. Mary's Hospital (West Palm Beach, USA), <nobr>7,575.00 USD</nobr>

Thank you for helping to pay for Lera’s surgery at the American hospital. Prior to that, Lera had unsuccessfully been operated in Israel and Germany. Not having achieved the desired results, doctors recommended amputation. We couldn’t bring ourselves to do this. On the internet, we found the only doctor who tries to fight children's ectromelia (underdevelopment of limbs.) At that time, the German and Israeli doctors eliminated some of the rougher defects, but our daughter’s right leg was shorter than the left by eight centimeters, she could not walk. Last year, thanks to the funds you donated, Dr. Dror Paley performed surgery on Lera’s leg. Unfortunately, mobility was not restored to the knee joint. And without it, it's pointless to correct deformations of the other bones. The doctor insists on a second operation. This is the only chance to save Lera’s leg, but the bill is too much for us. Please help again, please! 

Anna Gaivoronskaya, Moscow.

To save three-year-old Lera 7,575 USD is needed.

The cost of Lera’s treatment is 93,694 USD. We are happy to report that Rusfond has raised the entire amount needed. However, an additional 7,575 USD is required for her and her mother’s accommodations, food, local transportation, and other associated expenses for the duration of their stay in the USA.

Dear friends! If you want to help Lera please don't let the cost stop you. Your donation in any amount will be gratefully accepted. 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 Lera will help other children in need of surgery.

Rusfond USA


Orthopedic surgeon of St. Mary's Hospital (West Palm Beach, USA) Dr. Paley: "Due to the anatomical complexity of the defect in the knee joint, a relapse occurred. To prevent deterioration, an emergency operation is required. We will try to put the joint in the right position. The operation is unplanned, but without it further treatment is ineffective."


Anna, Lera Gaivoronskaya’s mother:
“From the bottom of my heart, I would like to thank all the ‘Channel One’ viewers who did not remain indifferent to our daughter’s fate. Thank you so much! Lera has undergone 5 surgeries over the course of one and a half years, and we are much closer to our final goal. She endured all these challenges. We are so impressed by our little girl’s courage. We are proud of her. Lera jumps around, dances and runs around playgrounds like a happy healthy child. She even attends nursery now and has a lot of new friends. All thanks to you! Thank you!”


Lera Gaivaronskaya was successfully surgically treated at St. Mary’s Hospital (USA).
As a result of the operation, her knee joint was brought back to the proper position and fixed in place with a spoke. Lera is now back at home and even attending nursery school. A year from now the girl is expected back at the hospital for the next treatment stage.
Anna, Lera’s mother, would like to thank ‘Channel One’ viewers and Rusfond’s readers for all their help.