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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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Sonya Vasenina, 2 years old, neurofibromatosis, pseudarthrosis of the left shin, needs surgical treatment at St. Mary’s Hospital (West Palm Beach, Florida, USA), course treatment required, 23,600.00 USD

Sonya Vasenina, 2 years old, neurofibromatosis, pseudarthrosis of the left shin, needs surgical treatment at St. Mary’s Hospital (West Palm Beach, Florida, USA), course treatment required, <nobr>23,600.00 USD</nobr>

The false joint

Sonya Vasenina can be saved by surgical treatment in the USA

Sonya was born healthy. But a month later I noticed that her left leg was twisted. The pediatrician calmed me down: she assured me that it is a common occurrence for newborns, and that after a couple of months everything will return to normal. But when my daughter was three months old, she was diagnosed with a congenital false joint in the lower part of her left shin. This means that the bone was formed incorrectly, and became mobile at the position of curvature. Soon, Sonya was diagnosed with the cause of this bone pathology: neurofibromatosis. Moreover, with this disease, benign tumors are formed that damage the bones and internal organs. The doctor warned that this disease is rare and complicated to treat.

When at the age of eleven months Sonya suffered her first fracture, it was an alarm call for me. I went to the leading Russian orthopedic clinics. Everywhere, they offered almost the same treatments: the removal of the false joint, the implantation of splints or the stretching of the leg with a special apparatus. Nobody gave any guarantees that after the treatment the bones would grow together and there would be no fractures in the future. But they claimed that, in any case, her left leg will be shorter than the right and Sonya will have to use a leg brace for rest of her life. And that meant that my daughter would inevitably become severely handicapped!

I had almost lost hope, but then I happened to see a New Year's story on the "Channel One" Russian TV station about the Rusfond children, who were helped by TV viewers. Among them was also Yesenia Bykova, with a similar problem. She was cured by the American pediatric orthopedic surgeon Dror Paley. I sent him Sonya’s medical files. Dr. Paley suggested a completely different treatment, after which, he assured me, Sonya would be able to grow normally and live a full life. However, the price of this surgery is more than one hundred thousand dollars. I am raising my daughter alone, Sonya’s father is not interested in her life and does not help out financially. I am not able to raise such an enormous amount of money by myself. Please, help!

Kira Vasenina, Moscow Region

To save two-year-old Sonya 23,600 USD is needed

Sonya Vasenina’s treatment costs 103,513 USD. We are happy to report that Rusfond in Moscow has raised the entire amount needed. However, an additional 23,600 USD is required for her and her mother's flights, housing assistance, food, local transportation, additional and / or emergency medical services, and other associated expenses for the duration of their stay in the USA, which is expected to last at least four months. Dear friends! If you want to help Sonya 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 Sonya will help other children in need of orthopedic surgery. 

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