The money for a treatment (23,939 GBP) was raised by Channel One television viewers and the readers of Rusfond. Further 7 700 GBP is required to cover the living costs in London, household expenses and expendable medical supplies such as catheters.
Right after the birth, Fedya had strange twitching. It quickly passed. The son was developing according to his age. When he was seven months old, the children in the family got sick with flu, and Fedya got infected from them. He was very poorly and had to take antibiotics to recover. Afterwards our troubles began. He has strange twitching before going to bed, and then more and more. However, the worst thing which happened was a regress of development. The son stopped holding his head, his hands began to hang. We have visited many doctors. The epileptologist and geneticist could not find any deviations from the norm. Once the paediatrician prescribed fortifying agents. Then a strange thing happened - after the first dose of medication the seizures disappeared. Nobody could explain this. Unfortunately, Fedya is not developing: he does not speak, does not sit, he does not walk. But he recognises his family, he has his favourite cartoons and music. He looks like a healthy child. Local doctors suspect the presence of some rare metabolic disorders (metabolism) and advised us to undergo an examination abroad. I have four children and now I am divorced. I have no means for such a large amount of money. Please help me treat my son!
Nadezhda Svetlih, Leningrad region.
Honorary consultant, children's neurologist at Clinical Neurology Department of Great Ormond Street Clinic Helen Cross (London, United Kingdom): "The child has a rare pathology. To find out the cause of his condition, we would need to conduct a high-tech cell research, MRI, lumbar puncture, examination of the function of the brain and internal organs, examination in the laboratory of breathing, speech and language. Based on the results, recommendations on treatment will be given."