Thank you for your incredible generosity and good wishes! We have now reached $700,000, which brings us close to the $1M total target to pay for Mikhael's life-saving treatment. Mikhael and his family have been granted visas for travel to Pittsburgh, arrangements for the air ambulence are underway, and hope has never been greater. Our deepest gratitude to all who have contributed!
Mikhael Krotov's Story
Transplant Type: Double Lung
What if you were living on borrowed time?
Mikhael Krotov is fighting for his life. He suffers from a rare genetic disorder known as dyskeratosis congenita, which can cause sudden major organ failure. Mikhael lived a very normal life for thirty-seven years with his illness being virtually invisible-until last year. His lung function began to decline rapidly, and now doctors say a double lung and bone marrow transplant is critical to his survival.
During such a challenging time, Mikhael is thankful for his wife, Iryna, their children, and loved ones. He wishes they didn’t need to be so concerned about his health, but he is grateful for their love and support. Last year, before his health began to deteriorate, Mikhael was dancing, biking, hiking in the mountains, and teaching his kids how to ski, but these days, he cannot even sleep without supplemental oxygen. He looks forward to the transplant that will allow him to enjoy life again and spend many years making memories with his family. Mainly, Mikhael wants the opportunity to watch his children grow up, but right now, he needs your help.
Unfortunately, Mikhael’s hope for a new life comes at a very high price.
The average double lung and bone marrow lung transplant costs more than $1,000,000. And that’s only the beginning. For the rest of his life, Mikhael may need follow-up care and daily anti-rejection medications. Post-transplant medications are very expensive, and they’re as critical to his survival as the transplant itself. Because this is a relatively new procedure, Norwegian medical experts have not offered their support for coverage by Norwegian State insurance, and private insurance companies have refused to pay for treatment in the United States, which is the only place where this specialized surgery is offered.
Mikhael and Iryna will need to relocate to Pittsburgh to be near the hospital before the transplant and must remain close by after the surgery for many months, adding to the financial strain.
You can help by making a tax-deductible donation to the National Foundation for Transplants in honor of Mikhael.
If you'd prefer to send your gift by mail, please send it to the NFT California Transplant Fund, 3249 W. Sarazen’s Circle, Suite 100, Memphis, TN 38125. Please be sure to write "in honor of Mikhael Krotov” in the memo line.
Thank you for your generosity!
Transplant Center: UPMC Children’s Hospital of Pittsburgh