Ohmatdyt is the largest children hospital in Ukraine that specializes in rare diseases, oncology, kidney transplant and specialized surgery. Many sick children that were evacuated and/or wounded by the shelling are brought to this facility for treatment. Many of them are orphaned and/or don’t have any personal items with them, as they had to flee their homes in a hurry. With limited government funding, the hospital provides only life-saving treatment and basic food to its patients. However, these children need much more – vitamins and minerals, fresh fruit and clothes, toys and books, etc. We have raised $7,500 to purchase necessary supplements for the 14 children on dialysis, awaiting kidney transplant, to sustain them until a suitable donor is found. We are now raising more funds to provide relocated children in the hospital with such essentials as Vitamin D and insulin pumps. With children constantly needing to hide in the hospital basement during air strikes, there is no way to reliably measure and adjust their insulin levels without the automatic pumps, and many of them are unable to be outside in the sun, exacerbating the vitamin D deficiency crisis already rampant in Ukraine.
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