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My name is Kristina Maslyak (Oliynyk). I was born in a small town in Ukraine, in the Ivano-Frankovsk region, in Dolina town. There were 7 children in my family: 4 boys, 2 girls and myself. Dad and my mother worked hard. My father was injured 10 years ago, and is currently considered disabled, as he does not walk. Mum died tragically while working in Poland (2013). At that time, 3 of the children were minors, but are currently students. The older brothers were studying and were also working at the same time, to help support the younger ones. They also helped to care for our grandparents (who are currently no longer alive).

 

I studied at a medical college to become a professional nurse. I got married in 2010. My husband, Nikolai, also grew up in a family where his parents worked hard all their lives. Three years ago, my husband's brother died, and a year later (in 2016) his mother died, as a result of grief over the death of her son. My husband works as a watchman in a garage co-operative. We currently live with my husband's dad.

 

We gave birth to 2 children. Ostap, our eldest son, was born in 2011 (by Caesarean section). He was very little and, at 3 years old, spoke only a few words. We visited doctors, who diagnosed him with deafness, and a delay in linguistic development of the third degree. In the past 3 years, we have visited various doctors, who have treated him medically, as well with hippotherapy, and continuous sessions with speech therapists, but the results were poor. In the summer of 2017, we decided to go to Kiev for a hearing examination, and only there, at the age of 6 years, did our son receive the diagnosis of bilateral chronic sensorineural hearing loss of the second grade of both ears. We were recommended prosthetics (hearing aids), which we purchased at our own expense (15000 UAH, around 500 USD). The device needs to be replaced every 3-4 years, while he continues to grow. Now, Ostap is able to attend class. Because the diagnosis was given late, he has a delay in language development. He is undergoing rehabilitation service at the Center of Hearing at the Regional Children's Clinical Hospital in Ivano-Frankovsk, receives speech therapy at school, and private individual speech therapy lessons. He takes medication for stimulation of the brain and vitamin preparations for the auditory nerve. Over time, we will need to change the ear tubes, as he grows, and we always need batteries for the operation of the device.

 

Our youngest daughter, Solomiya, was born in 2015 (also by Caesarean section). Although she grew and developed according to her age, she didn't pronounce any sounds. As a mother, I was comparing her symptoms with those of her older brother, and independently, in the summer of 2017, I decided to have my daughter's hearing examined in Kiev. At the time of the examination, she was 1 year 9 months old. Unfortunately, her situation is much worse than that of her brother: deafness of the second grade: right, left-sided deafness. To pay for the procedure on our own costs 13000 UAH (around 435 USD). The prognosis does not sound good. If her hearing gets any worse, she may require a cochlear implant. There are about 400 children on the wait list for this type of operation, which would take about 4 years to be called. However, she should have the implantation done as soon as possible so that she has the chance to develop her language to catch up with her peers. The cost of this type of operation is about 30000 Euro. We don't have such money in our family. I ask for your assistance to help my children, please. Thanks to all.

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