In Kaliningrad, four-year-old Sasha Smetanin needs help. He was born with cerebral palsy, optic atrophy and epilepsy.
The boy cannot walk and eat on his own. Ahead of Sasha is a long course of treatment, for which the family has no money. His parents turn to the caring viewers of our TV channel.
Mom does massage of all parts of the body for little Sasha every day. For four years, parents have learned to stretch their arms and legs no worse than specialists. This is the only way to somehow relax the muscles of the child.
Sasha was born prematurely with cerebral palsy, optic atrophy and epilepsy. The kid managed to save his life, but he cannot sit, walk and eat on his own.
ANNA TITZ, MAMA SASHI:
- He cannot say it and do it, but he understands everything. He smiles the same way, laughs the same way, is upset like everyone else. The main task is to teach the simplest household skills to such children. It is quite difficult, but without it it will be difficult for them to continue living.
Now Sasha needs a course of treatment aimed at correcting muscle tone and developing fine motor skills and speech. However, the family cannot pay for the therapy, which costs 199,430 rubles. You can help Sasha by sending an SMS with the word "CHILDREN" to the short number 5542.
ELENA MALAKHOVA, DOCTOR-NEUROLOGIST, INSTITUTE OF MEDICAL TECHNOLOGIES (MOSCOW):
- The purpose of hospitalization is to correct the pathological muscle tone, increase the volume of movement of general motor activity, strengthen muscles, increase strength and endurance.
Most of all, Sasha loves to sing songs with dad. Together they hum the melodies of famous Russian performers. The boy's father, Eugene, selects the funniest songs, regardless of the genre.
EVGENY SMETANIN, PAPA SASHI:
- All sorts of songs, "Lube", Lepsa, all sorts of songs that come to mind, then we sing. Suppose I hold it, I am already indulging in it. Everything is clear, so you have to play with him. You start to throw it, toss it up, play it.
The course of treatment costs 199,430 rubles. Readers of the Kommersant newspaper and the website rusfond.ru will collect 163,430 rubles. TV viewers of the Kaliningrad State Television and Radio Broadcasting Company (STRC) have to collect 36,000 rubles.
To help Sasha, you need to send an SMS with the word "CHILDREN" to the short number 5542. The cost of one message is 75 rubles. Owners of iPhones and Android phones can transfer donations via the mobile app. For information on other methods of assistance, see the Rusfond website: www.rusfond.ru.