Transferred. Vuhrer Kiril, 10 y.o., a child from the ATO zone, tumor


We have been asked to help by the attending doctor. Kiril has already had surgery. It went well, he’s been already transferred back to his room from the ICU. All the supplies for the surgery were purchased by the volunteer who deal with the ATO zone. However, the family needs help purchasing the expensive Solu-Medrol, […]

Under supervision. Titechko Dima, 2 years old, a tumor of the third ventricle


Dima is 8th youngest out of 9 siblings from a large family from a village of the Rivne region. Suddenly, the child became capricious, began to complain of headaches and vomiting. With these symptoms Dima was treated for food poisoning at a local hospital three times, before they realized that he needs a CT. A CT scan showed the […]

Vegerak Anna, 5 months old, hydrocephalus and arachnoid cyct


Her mother is a teacher, her father a shift worker — they make a very small living. The situation is difficult, the parents were hoping that the treatment would go faster. She requires long-term treatment due to various medical complications. She needs continuous treatment with antibiotics and ongoing supportive therapy. After this course of treatment, […]

Discharged!! :)) Genko Anna, 6 months old, congenital hydrocephalus


A girl from a large family from a village in the Rivne region. Diagnosis: Congenital Hydrocephalus, diagnosed at week 20. Anya was born at 37 weeks by C-section. After the birth Any and her Mom were discharged to go home and told to prepare for the surgery. A month later, the girl’s condition deteriorated and […]

Transferred. Alieva Marjan, 9 y.o., tumor

Alieva Marjan

A girl from Kherson region. During the summer she started having very strong headaches, accompanied by vomiting. The child was admitted into a local hospital, where the doctors said that «she was pretending, so she could skip school!». No MRI was done. They have been trying to get treatment in Kherson, but since Marjan was […]

2-3 diapers per group per day. Diaper shortage in the orphanages of Ukraine


Funds allocated by the government for the children at the orphanages aren’t enough even for the basic needs. We have been buying medication for the disabled kids at the orphanages for years now, even the most basic medication, such as paracetamol, as well as any kind of «special» formula. If, for some reason, a baby […]

Bogdanets Iryna, 16 years old, tumor.

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Ira’s mother died when Ira was just 6 years old. Her Dad is raising Ira and her two siblings alone. The girl is very active, a leader; teachers in school believe she will grow up to be a journalist, a reporter, a fighter for the truth. Ira has suffered a couple of serious hits to […]

What is Hydrocephalus?


We decided to make a little post about the most common diagnoses of children at the Clinic. This our first post like this. What is hydrocephalus? Hydrocephalus comes from two Greek words: hydro-, meaning “water”, and kephalos, meaning “head”. It was once informally called “Water on the brain”. It is a medical condition in which […]

Hot water for the orphanage in Pryluky


There are about 100 children living at the “Nadiya” orphanage in Pryluky. Some of them are children with disabilities. Three of them are under our care (as they require neurosurgical treatment). The orphanage doesn’t have hot water. They’ve asked us to buy 4 heating boilers, 100 liters each, so they could bathe the children. As it turned […]

Passed Away. Sviridovich Ruvim, 5 years old, tumor in fourth ventricle and hydrocephalus


Ruvim in the 11th out of 13 children in a family from a village in the Rivne region. Three weeks ago the child vomiting several times a day, every day. His mother thought it could be parasites and tried to treat that, with no effect. Then started the headache. They went to see a pediatrician […]

Syringe (infusion) pumps for the newborns’ room


Ideally we would need 14, but at least we got two… :(( Infusions pumps are used for giving exact amounts of medications to premature and underweight babies. Syringe pump SN-50C66R (HEACO LTD, UK) — cost of one pump is about $1000. To make a donation please visit Details!  26/01/2016 Update Yay! We did it! Four […]

Nebulizers for the Department of Physical Therapy at the Institute of Neurosurgery


We all remember how our Sima and Nikita had a two-week rehabilitaion course at the Department of Physical Therapy at the Institute of Neurosurgery in early August. The course gave great results, especially for Nikita. We will be bringing two more children from different orphanages (who also have problems with nerve conduction in lower body) for […]

10 sets of surgical kits as a gift from the supplier — Thank You!


Surgical sets of linens and covers for surgeries on the head type #3 — 5 sets, type #8 0 5 sets. Dmitriy, thank you so-so much! This is huge help for us in saving money on surgical supplies for our children!

Discharged! :)) Shevchenko David, 2 months old, hydrocephalus, from Slavyansk


David is the 4th son in the family from Slavyansk (in the Donetsk region). He was born prematurely at 30 weeks (placental abruption). The delivery was very difficult; the doctors ended up having to remove the uterus to save the mother’s life. The baby spent two months in the neonatal intensive care unit. David was diagnosed with […]

Discharged! :)) Dmytruk Kiril, 7 years old, arachnoid cyst


Kiril’s mother is bringing up four children on her own. She brought Kiril to the Institute of Neurosurgery in Kyiv, and left behind her three other children in their hometown, but she wasn’t expecting such expenses and complications. The boy has a cyst that is pressing on his optic nerve, which already caused him to lose sight […]

We have new cool lights in the OR! :)


There are two operating rooms at the children’s clinic of the Neurosurgery Institute, where 4 to 6 surgeries take place daily. Currently one of the operating teams is on vacation, which gives us a perfect opportunity to fix some of the weakest spots. Today it is the broken lights. The government hasn’t been supplying the […]

Getting treatment in Moscow. Lysenko Aleksander, 15 y.o., tumor, child from the Eastern Ukraine


Lysenko Aleksandr, 15 years old, from the ATO zone in Donbass region, finished 9th grade, enjoyed sports, started having back pain in May 2015. He first went to see a trauma surgeon, but he couldn’t find the reason for the pain. Some time later he started having headaches and his eyesight got worse. They went […]

Renovations of the Children’s ICU at the Institute of Neurosurgery

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This needs to be done fast, while everyone is on vacation and there aren’t as many kids in the ICU as there usually are. There are currently 1-2 kids there, as opposed to the regular 5-6 kids. The main reason for the repairs is medical, not aesthetical. The walls of the ICU are currently covered […]

Passed away :( Kravchenko Vika, 1 week old, spina bifida + liquorrhea + hydrocephalus


This is the first time we have come across such a case. We know this will raise a lot of questions, but we’re giving you all the information we can. Vika was born by c-section to a disabled mother. The mother is unable to take care of the child. A few months ago, some kind […]

Weekly digest


We have many news, here’s the short versions of all of them: 1) Oxygen concentrator from Tatiana Bezkrovnaya is already at the Institute. It will be placed at the pediatric ICU, where we plan to start renovations in a week. So we are not opening it for the time being, so it doesn’t get damaged […]