Rinat Akhmetov – Saving Lives program: help for Nazar Andrievsky

For the Rinat Akhmetov Foundation, helping children is a priority. Especially when it comes to the life and health of the child. That is why a number of projects and programs of the Foundation are focused in this target

So, the Foundation is the only one in Ukraine to systematically and on a large-scale help to Donbass children undergo psychological or physical rehabilitation. It also provides children with highly sensitive hearing aids to help them develop on a par with their peers.

Since its inception, the Rinat Akhmetov Foundation has implemented dozens of projects. These were both local initiatives and programs on a national scale. But it all started with the support of people who were in difficult life circumstances and in dire need of urgent help. The principle of “help here and now” formed the basis of the program “Rinat Akhmetov – Saving Lives”.

One of those who received assistance under the program is eight-year-old Nazar Andrievsky from Kupyansk, Kharkiv region.

– In 2017, the child was diagnosed with type 1 diabetes. The universe has imploded. This is a severe form, so Nazar was forced to inject all the time, up to six times a day, to stabilize blood glucose. The optimal solution to this problem to improve the quality of life of the child was the purchase of an insulin pump – it automatically stabilizes all blood sugar levels. With the help of programs, the speed of injection and the dose are set. Thus, the pump simulates the work of the pancreas, – said Irina Vitalievna, Nazar’s mother.

According to the doctors the disease can be diagnosed by a number of symptoms. Parents should especially pay attention to them.

– The child suddenly began to get up to the toilet at night, drink a lot of water – more than 1.5-2 litres a day, but he was constantly thirsty. He is always hungry, eats, but does not gain weight, says endocrinologist Svetlana Chumak.

The blood glucose level can be maintained with precise doses of insulin. And it is necessary to inject it to children with an insulin pump only. This is a kind of microcomputer that defines an individual dose for the body. However, the family could not afford to purchase it. The income of the family, where father works as a train driver and mother works at the depot, did not allow this. Relatives turned to Rinat Akhmetov Foundation for help.

Due to the Rinat Akhmetov Foundation, a pump was purchased for Nazar and installed. The boy himself admits that he is fond of fishing and dreams of catching

one, but the largest fish in his life. However, most of all, Nazar wants to recover. To live without constant injections and harsh daily routine.

– My life has changed for better. The constant injections are not required any more; just certain buttons have to be pressed on the insulin pump! – he shared his emotions.

Nazar’s mother does not hide her happiness either.

– I would like to express my gratitude to Rinat Akhmetov for such a gift. Thank you very much! – said Irina Andrievskaya.

Since 2014, more than 50,000 Ukrainians have received assistance under the program “Rinat Akhmetov – Saving Lives”, including targeted help for treatment – more than 6,500 children. The Foundation helped carry out difficult operations, rehabilitated wounded children, and provided medicines to seriously ill patients on the very front line.