Anastasia is 14 years old. When she was born her parents were told to go home and forget about her. She was very poorly and the doctor said that she would never walk. Her brave parents took Anastasia home, lovingly cared for her and constantly encouraged her.
Anastasia’s father determinedly took her to the local public swimming baths every Saturday to strengthen her legs despite, at first, being told that disabled children were not welcome there. Anastasia began to walk when she was three years old. Anastasia’s condition is now deteriorating. Her back is very twisted and this is putting pressure on her internal organs. She is not well enough to visit the hospice’s day centre regularly but she does go there for special occasions. Alena, a trained therapist at BCH visits Anastasia once a week at home.
A letter from Anastasia’s parents to Friends of the Belarusian Children’s Hospice (UK)
We, the parents of a terminally ill girl, Anastasia Kuzmina, would like to express our great gratitude for the support which you give to the Belarusian Children’s Hospice and thus to all our children. Thanks to your care and support, our children do not feel alone in this world, they know that there are people ready to come to their aid at any moment.
Thank you very much for your warmth, care and your kind hearts.
The Kuzmin family