31 May 2012
«My son is a very cheerful and energetic kid,» says Misha’s mother. I look at a photo and see a very sad and
depressed boy. When I look closer, I realize that the dark circles under his eyes give off this impression. The circles
themselves are no wonder of course: Misha is almost always sick; he has trouble sleeping because he wakes up in
during the night with an awful cough, and he has trouble eating because he has no appetite, plus there are problems
with his digestion. That’s why his eyes don’t shine like they should when you are a 10-year-old boy.
Misha’s life is full of things other boys can only dream of: the sea only a few steps away, a port with huge ships, a
father who is a seaman. Misha was not lucky in two ways: he was born with a disease that requires doctors’ control
and special drugs, and the doctors in his home town just don’t know how to deal with his condition. From medical
books they know what drugs they should prescribe, and they do. Of course Misha’s parents buy those drugs. But
the boy is not getting better, the dark circles under his eyes keep increasing, and his eyes are shining less and less
because it’s she hard to be happy when you are so sick. 6,000 miles is too big a distance for the doctors to learn
about the latest achievements in the treatment of cystic fibrosis and implement that knowledge.
It was only last year that Misha’s parents managed to take him to St. Petersburg for a medical examination. The
doctors prescribed Bramitob right away — this drug helps these patients a lot. Six inhalation therapy courses per year.
Both of Misha’s parents work. The money they earn has always been enough for food and Misha’s treatment. But
now they need a lot more than they used to: in the very near future, they have to raise 260,000 rubles for their son’s
therapy to begin. They cannot cope with that task on their own and really need your help!