Neurosurgery for Ukrainian Orphans

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Katerina Kerez
on behalf of Sasha Kerez
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June 31 is an entirely volunteer based Ukrainian organization, run by women, that partners with the Institute of Neurosurgery in Kiev. It seeks to help orphans and children from poor families receive life-saving neurological treatment. Even though Ukraine’s healthcare is socialized, the country’s poor economy leaves it to those seeking surgery to provide most of the necessary medication and instruments, which many cannot afford.

After helping children get initial surgery, representatives of June 31 also follow the orphans to their children’s homes and continue to provide them with basic material necessities, as well as socialize with the children.

I have been volunteering at the organization for the past year and am raising money to help June 31 with their various projects. You can read more about the children we’re helping at  https://www.facebook.com/neuro31june

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Update 13
Posted by Katerina Kerez
27 months ago
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There are children we cannot talk about… But they do exist… And they do need our help. Here’s a specific story as an example. A little girl L. Born very prematurely. At the NICU. The parents barely ever visit and act very strange. Most likely they will abandon here.
Natalia tried talking to the mother a couple of times, telling her stories about kids with similar condition from our experience, promising that the Fund will help them, asking her not to abandon the baby… We still don’t know how what she will decide… But for right now, we do not have the parents’ permission to raise money for the child, and since they haven’t officially abandoned her the hospital cannot give us this permission either.
She does need our help anyway, though. If she didn’t get the surgery, she would have died…
We have already spent 17,000 UAH ($660). We took them from the Urgent Kids Fund. We don’t have much money there, though, and these kinds of situations, unfortunately, aren’t that rare.
What we want to do is to purchase 10 reservoirs (8,600 UAH — $340 each), 5 drainage systems (7,600 UAH — $290 each) and 5 shunting systems (33,000 UAH — $1,280 each). It is expensive, but we are talking about having an emergency kit to save 5 to 8 urgent babies at the Neonatal Center of the Ohmatdyt Hospital. We need the total of $11,250.
Being born prematurely is one of the main causes of hydrocephalus in babies. Small, underdeveloped infant brain is very sensitive to any sort of change: changes in pressure (during birth), oxygen deprivation, etc, which results in intraventricular hemorrhages, which can cause hydrocephalus. Reservoirs and drainage systems is the «first aid» in such cases. If they are applied in time (temporary placed for a couple of weeks) — many babies get to avoid the progression of the condition and pacing of the shunting system.
Tiny baby barely visible behind tubes
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Update 12
Posted by Katerina Kerez
32 months ago
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This is Zhenya the Frogie!
Two days ago was his birthday! But he had no one to celebrate it with...becasue Zhenya doesn't have a family. He lives in an orphanage and as a Birthday gift from the government he is getting a transfer to an institution, where about 70% of the kids die during the first year after transfer (unofficial statistics).

Please help us same Zhenya!

Most of all he needs a family! Zhenya can be adopted internationally!

He has CP, but has shown amazing progress in the past couple of months! He has great potential! He is beautiful and very kind! He loves to hug and never wants to let go of anyone who is willing to hug him...

In the meantime, while his family finds Zhenya, we will try to do anything we can to postpone the transfer. One of the ways to do it is to send Zhenya to a rehabilitation course in the Kozyavkina Clinic (the one we sent Roma and Andriy to), but we need to raise about 30,000 UAH ($1,200) for that.
Please consider making a donation! Zhenya will not be able to continue his progress at the institution and we will not be able to help him there, as those places never let outsiders in... So, please, help us help Zhenya!
Zhenya!
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Update 11
Posted by Katerina Kerez
33 months ago
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Hi guys!

So, the Israeli conductive education rehabilitation specialist, Ida Igra, is already in Ukraine!! She has already been to both of the orphanages and has started wirking with the kids in Boyarka today! Ir's going to be 12 days with 5-hour long group sessions!

However, we still have not raised the necesary amount to pay her...

Here's more information and pictures from Ida's visit to Pryluky orphanage:
https://m.facebook.com/neuro31june/albums/873336662776125/

Please consider making donation! Everty dollar counts (really!).
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Update 10
Posted by Katerina Kerez
35 months ago
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We're starting the preparations for the our kids' next trip to the rehabilitation clinic. We're planning for the kids to leave on March 6th. If we don't make it, the next available dates are in April.
We taking:
1) Andriy G: This will be his second course. To make sure he doesn't regress the break between courses needs to be not longer than 3 months.
2) Nikita Ch.: For the last couple of months he has been on a brace, which limited his ability to move, and then in his huge casts, which will be taken off any day now. If the doctors allow it - he needs rehabilitation for his muscles and nerves.
Based on our experience with previous trips, we need 22,000UAH ($850) for each child (one nanny from the orphanage + one volunteer per child). This includes everything: the course itself, transportation, food, hotel.
We've heard that staring this March the prices will go up at the Clinic. We don't know by how much yet.

Please consider making a donation! Every dollar counts!
Andriy G.
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Julia Borisovna
30 months ago

Thank you for your big heart, Katerina! Thanks for your helping for ukrainian children!

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Yuliya Grassby
39 months ago

Thank you June 31 Group for your big hearts and making this world a better place to live!

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Для Светочки Н. Как глазки у ребенка? Может ли она самостоятельно двигаться?

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Thank you for your big heart, Katerina! Thanks for your helping for ukrainian children!

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Thank you June 31 Group for your big hearts and making this world a better place to live!

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