Sam Sokolinsky wrote -
Sergei Didukh is 19 years old. In 2001 he received a terrifying diagnosis: Ewing’s sarcoma of the lower third in his right thigh bone. He was treated in the oncology unit of the Russian’s Clinical Hospital in Moscow. In 2002, the treatment was completed but for 8 more years Sergei was regaining function in his leg. He underwent 15 surgeries: heart surgery, plastic surgery, and installation of endoprosthesis (bone replacement) among them. It seemed the terrible disease had been forgotten. Sergei left behind suffering from chemotherapy, multiple operations, anesthesia, and therapy with Elizarov’s device. But bad fortune had a “gift” for Sergei for his 18th birthday: a metastasis in his left shoulder bone. All Sergei’s dreams collapsed: he had to postpone college plans and forget about his favorite hobby, playing a guitar. He started treatment again; this time, at Petrov’s Oncology Research Center in St. Petersburg.
Since July 2009 the doctors have been fighting for Sergei’s life, but the tumor has not retreated yet. On May 27, 2010, Sergei’s arm was amputated. And just one month later we received sad news: endoprosthesis installed in2002 was rejected by his body and doctors had to amputate his leg. Fortunately, Sergei already recovered after the surgery and feels rather well. But now, Sergei needs two prosthetic limbs and a wheelchair to be able to move and take the trip to Moscow for initial consultation with a German prosthetic company, Otto Bock. Prostheses cost from 18,000 euros to 30,000 euros each.
Sergei and his mother live in a small northern settlement and have no one to support them: Sergei’s father has been absent from his live for 14 years now. Serge’s mother cannot keep a permanent job due to constant trips for treatment. Sergei and his mother are asking for your support. Please support Sergei and help him return to normal life!
July 21, 2010: Thanks to the anonymous donor, the wheelchair was bought and Sergey and his mother traveled to Moscow where they are now waiting for their appointment for initial consultation with Otto Bock.