My name is Galina and I am raising money for my brother who needs a surgery to replace his previous implanted knee prosthesis in his left leg. Back in 2003, when he was 16 years old, he overcame cancer (osteosarcoma). Along with the cancer treatments he had a surgery for removing the tumor from his knee and lower bone(tibia), which required removing most of his bone. A knee prosthesis was placed in order for him to still be mobile and as normal as he can. In the last 16 years he was in and out the hospital and went under 7 more additional surgeries for replacing parts, maintenance and adjustment of the prosthesis. Last surgery was in July, back home in Bulgaria, and 2 short months after it my brother was back in a lot of pain and unable to use his leg. The doctor back home (Bulgaria) couldn't explain, find solutions or give any information. After a quick visit this December to one of the best orthopedic surgeons in Paris(France), multiple tests, x-rays, and scintigraphy, the conclusion was that current knee prosthesis needs to be replaced due to wear, tear and amortization.
An invoice with the total amount of the new prosthesis, hospital stay, doctors fee was sent by the clinic where the doctor will operate. The total amount is around 30 000 euros, close to $35 000. Our plans are to borrow a personal bank loan and count on some savings, which will help with flight and stay in the hospital.
We are asking for your help to cover the rest of the expenses. Any amount is not too small and will be useful in this new challenge and journey for him. We are thankful and appreciative for all the support, good thoughts, prayers and donations.
Updates of upcoming date of surgery, recovery and so on will be provided in timely manner.
P.S The Knee prosthesis placed in 2003 after his cancer treatment was made and purchased in France as well. Money were raised by selling a grandfather's apartment, donation by family, his high school's friends and others. Surgery in 2003 and the last 7 ones were performed in the only placed able to do them (Gorna Banya, Sofia). However, a replacing a prosthesis is only done once in Gorna Banya and doctors there are not eager to do another one. Let me know if you have any questions that might have not been answered and I will follow up. Thank you for reading and considering!
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