28 August 2015
In the oncology department of the children’s clinical hospital Maxim was the eldest patient even two years ago. Neuroblastoma (NB) is the so-called ‘child’s cancer’ as the doctors put it. It was rather unexpected that a fifteen-year-old boy was diagnosed with it. The way the boy was behaving towards his illness was also unexpected. It was extremely hard
for him to take high doses of chemotherapy; with a great difficulty he put in order after a bone marrow transplantation. But right after coming to consciousness he was hastening to the other children in order to support the younger kids, to soothe them, to show them by his own example that everything would be all right. ‘Don’t be afraid,’ — he repeated to some baby, although not long ago he himself felt such a fear, that it can hardly be described.
«Our Mar is such a nice person, — says his Mother, — he is very sincere, kind, gentle. When he staid at hospital our family seemed to be deserted. We could do nothing but pray for him. All our troubles and past problems receded into the background. If only he survives!»
Everyone has been praying for Max — his parents, the parents of the other children at the hospital, his younger brother and sister, his teachers and classmates, the doctors. As for Max, he has decided: ‘If I leave the hospital I’ll become a doctor. Because any other job is as important as the profession which saves children’s lives.’ Max did survive. But he left the hospital not for a long time. He had time only to finish school and enter a medical college. He did not get seriously upset about failing to pass his chemistry exam and to enter university at the first attempt, as his illness had taught him that there are many other thorny problems to grapple with. That kind of problem, which occurred after a while, made him realise this fact. The doctors stated that a relapse occurred. This time the cancer was diagnosed as incurable, as no dynamics was observed.
In this country all methods of treating Max’s illness were applied. Here he will not survive. And very little time to live is left. Today his parents urgently sell their flat and car; they write letters to charity funds. They need to collect $129 000 for their son’s treatment in the Fortis Healthcare (India). They have got a medical report from this hospital on the fact that there are still some possibilities to cure the illness and also that there is a chance of life. They have got the same report from Germany, but a cost of this treatment is three time higher, so the family does not even consider for this variant. We join in collecting money for Maxim and ask you to help in collecting $20 000. Max deserves this chance not for becoming such a nice adult, and not for promising to be a talented doctor who will save many lives. He deserves this chance simply because he does have it. And it cannot be lost.