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Malkova Dasha, 7 years old

Date of birth: 15 August 2033.

Diagnosis: cystic fibrosis. Dasha’s life depends on medicine that will fight infection. One course costs 280,992 rubles (10,100 dollars). Her parents don’t have that money. They can’t save their daughter without the money. Please help.
4 July 2011

It is an interesting fact that many children with cystic fibrosis want to become doctors. It is a little strange, because they probably hate everything that has to do with hospitals, IVs, painful injections. In spite of having to spend a lot of time in hospitals, Dasha’s dream is to become a doctor too. She was told that her disease is incurable. Still she decided to do well at school and to become the best doctor in the world and then she’ll invent the cure. All children with no exceptions will be able to go to school every day, to run, to laugh, to dance and to breathe easily. She can say a lot about how important all those things are in a life of a little girl.

Dasha doesn’t know that the cure already exists, but the doctors cannot just give it to her. Doctors prescribe Bramytob for Dasha. This medicine is very effective and helps children with cystic fibrosis. Doctors know that the medicine is not available through the government quota, and they know that Dasha’s mom won’t be able to buy it. The cost is 280,992 rubles (10,100 dollars). It is a lot of money, especially for a family with a sick child. Doctors really want Dasha to feel better, but there is nothing they can do. Dasha might change her mind about becoming a doctor when she finds out how little they can do to save their patients.

There is only one thing that is worse than losing your child. It is losing your child knowing that you could have saved him or her, but you simply didn’t have money. Without this medicine Dasha feels worse and worse every day, infection is destroying her lungs. But she can be helped!

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