In Ukraine, parents of children with special needs are encouraged to hand their children over to state care. They are told their children are a burden on society. Children are sent to institutions where they are subjected to abuse and neglect. There is minimal support available to parents who fight to keep their children with them. Maya's Hope wants to help relieve some of the burden on these amazing parents and assist in keeping children with their families, where they belong.
Sasha is 10 years old. She and her twin sister Dasha were born at 31 weeks. Sasha stopped breathing and needed to be resuscitated several times in the months following her birth. As a result she has been diagnosed with cerebral palsy and epilepsy. The father of the twins left the family before they were a year old. Their mother has been raising them alone ever since.
In later 2019, her mother noticed that Sasha was experiencing severe pain in her right leg. Doctors found that her right hip has come completely out of the socket. The doctors told her that Sasha needs surgery quickly or the pain will become more severe and limit Sasha's mobility. She will then need a further surgery on the left hip, three months later.
Her mother reached out to one of our Ukrainian partners, asking for help. She was frightened for her daughter. She knew she could never afford all the costs associated with the surgeries. Our partner contacted us immediately. We agreed to help and thanks to our wonderful supporters we were able to fund her first surgery.
Three months went by and just as Sasha was due to have her second surgery, Ukraine went into quarantine. Surgery was cancelled. A month later, Sasha and her mother tested positive for COVID-19! Her mother was terrified. Thankfully they both had only minor symptoms and have recovered. But her mother is very concerned that any further delays will have an affect on Sasha's health and comfort.
Surgery is scheduled to take place in 7 days. So we urgently need to raise the needed funds to prevent any further delays for Sasha!
Can you help? Her mother will be forever grateful.