Please Help 8 Year Old Petr. He has hearing loss on both sides. He needs surgery to help him hear normally.

Please Help 8 Year Old Petr. He has hearing loss on both sides. He needs surgery to help him hear normally.

California Ear Institute, Palo Alto, CA

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Petr was born with developmental abnormalities. He was born without his left outer ear and the right ear didn’t form correctly. In the maternity hospital, he was examined by a specialist, and it turned out that our son’s left ear canal is completely closed, and there is no eardrum in the right ear. We learned that an operation to restore hearing in children who have the same condition as Petr can be done abroad. We sent his medical records to a clinic in the United States. They soon answered that they can help our son. He will need two complex operations to reconstruct his ear canals. The operations are complex and costly. My husband and I are not able to come up with such a large sum. Your generosity is our only hope. Please help Petr! 

Anna Alekhina, Moscow.

California Ear Institute Otolaryngologist Joseph Roberson, M.D. (Palo Alto, USA): "We are ready to accept Petr for surgery on both ears. We will recreate the ear canal to the eardrum and the bones in his right ear and replace the auditory ossicles of the left ear. I hope that after the surgeries the boy will be able to hear and speak well."

Petr's treatment will cost $113,300. We are happy to report that the Rusfond children's charity in Moscow has raised the entire amount needed. However, an additional $6,750 is required for him and his mother's flights, accommodations, food, local transportation, and other associated expenses for the duration of their stay in the USA.

If you want to help Petr please don't let the cost stop you. Your donation in any amount will be gratefully accepted. You can contribute to Russian American Children's Foundation using a Credit Card, Apple Pay, PayPal, or by sending a check made payable to:

Russian American Children's Foundation 
420 Lexington Avenue, Suite 300 
New York, NY 10170

Thank you! All donations in excess of what is needed for Petr will help other children in need of ear surgery. 


All the funds necessary for Peter's care have been raised.

Peter successfully underwent surgery to restore his left ear canal at the California Ear Institute in Palo Alto, California.


Anna, mother of Petr Chernyshov: "Hello, distinguished staff of Rusfond! I sincerely thank everyone who helped us pay for the operation on his ear canal, giving my son the opportunity to live a full, sound-filled life. Thanks to the support of the foundation he was given this chance, because for seven years, Petya could hear my voice only at a distance of 20–30 cm. A week ago we returned from the first trip. The operation went well, and our son now can hear in one ear calm speech at a distance of 2–3 m. Doctors said that his hearing will improve within one year. This miracle happened due to your foundation and those caring people who helped and continue to help children and their parents who find themselves in a difficult situation. Helping people is hard work. It’s round-the-clock work, without days off and without holidays. You cannot do charity without giving a part of your soul to those in need. Your work is priceless and so necessary for all of us, parents of special children who despaired of finding support and a chance to heal for their child. Your foundation gives us faith in people, kindness and mercy. Our children get the opportunity to rid themselves of disease forever. No matter how strong a parent’s love is, without your help and your participation this miracle would not have happened! Thank you, we salute you! May the foundation and all its supporters prosper! May all children who need help get the chance to become healthy!"

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