Fyodor C.

Our stories

Why do we do our work? Look at the faces of these kids, you'll understand. We want to share with you some stories of our little heroes.

Fyodor is the first Russian baby who received a surgery on the reposition and suturing of the hernia of the spinal cord in utero. After the surgery Fyodor spent ten weeks in the mother's womb and was born healthy.

He can move his legs, although usually such children are born paralyzed. He has got normally formed internal organs. And the size of his head is also normal, although usually such children suffer from hydrocephalus and have to undergo a bypass surgery. At the twentieth week of pregnancy the fetus was diagnosed with open spina bifida by ultrasound, but his future mother Yekaterina was firm and persistent, so she confirmed the surgery.

Spina bifida in Latin means "split spine". "Open spina bifida" means that the spinal cord sticks out through a crack in the spine. In case of a surgery on spina bifida, in 98% of cases the baby is born with disabilities. Surgeries conducted in utero lead to medium aftertroubles in 60% of cases. Children who undergo the surgery in utero require second and sometimes even third surgery on the spine after birth. These surgeries are needed for a recovery.

Our Organization has allocated 29 800 euros for the second surgery at the University hospital of Zurich and little Fyodor was saved. Now he grows and develops in accordance with his age, he is alright.