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A 12-year-old boy who put up handwritten notes around town begging for donations to buy life-saving medication for his mother has had his dream answered after she received life-saving surgery for free.
Trouble started when Svetlana Sidorova, 41, was diagnosed with a weakened blood vessel in her brain and heart problems caused by high blood pressure, and was given a prescription drug called Nimotop.
However, the family had difficulties obtaining the drug and paying for it.
So the youngster decided to appeal to the family’s neighbours by posting notes around their neighbourhood with a copy of his bank account details.
Many called round to make donations or transfer cash, but when one of the handwritten notes was posted online, it went viral where many more people backed the youngster’s appeal.
Even better, a Siberian doctor called Kirill Orlov heard about the woman’s condition, and agreed to travel to help the woman.
His arrival proved extremely timely, because despite the proper medication the woman’s condition had worsened, resulting in her being hospitalised and eventually ending up in intensive care.
Dr Orlov, who is the head of the Centre of Angioneurology and Neurosurgery that is part of the National Medical Research Centre, decided to operate immediately to save the woman’s life.
“There are no simple surgeries in cases like this,” Dr Orlov said.
“It was a complicated problem, with a risky but simple solution. But the advantage was that I knew if it works, she would instantly see the benefits.”
He said that the surgery, that took little more than an hour, appeared to have worked, and the operation would slow down the flow of blood and would help the aneurysm to disappear over time.
The woman is still in hospital, but all the signs are that the surgery was a complete success, and medics are confidently predicting an eventual return to health.
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