The second first step: with the support of the Techiia Foundation, children can walk again after cancer surgery.
The pool rehabilitation program has been ongoing for almost a year now, with 20 children taking their first independent steps after major operations. Since March 2019, rehabilitation has been financed by the founders of the Techiia Foundation, Oleg Krot and Yuri Lazebnikov. Since March 1 this year, the program has been extended for another six months.
Now there are 20 children in the program, some of whom have defeated cancer and are trying their best to return to normal life. After complex surgeries and long-term treatment, muscle memory is lost, so children have to learn to keep their balance, walk, and perform other basic movements again. Others struggle with the consequences of cerebral palsy and learn to walk on their own.
Children study in the pool of a private kindergarten in Petropavlivska Borshchahivka near Kyiv. The rehabilitation course was developed by the father of one of the participants and now he is working with all participants. Rehabilitation involves several stages. The first stage is teaching the child to float on the water with the help of accessories. The second is that the children learn to stand in the water. The third — exercises on motor skills of hands and skills to stand on one leg. When these three steps are left behind, children are taught to take the first step. And then they're taught to swim.
According to the norms of the Ministry of Health, the classes last 45 minutes. Dynamics and results of work are personal, so the main thing is an individual approach to everyone, patience, and conscientious work of children, parents, and rehabilitation specialists.
The cost of one month of the program is 22 thousand UAH. In total, since March 2019, the founders of the Techiia Foundation have financed the rehabilitation program in the pool in the amount of 396 thousand UAH.
"Yuriy Lazebnikov and I have been helping the regional children's hospital in Kropyvnytskyi for several years. Earlier, we have purchased technological equipment for neurosurgery," says Oleg Krot, co-founder of Techiia Foundation. "From the Angels of Life Foundation, we found out about the rehabilitation program in the Kyiv pool and immediately decided to help and support the father of one of the patients, who developed the program himself and deals with all children."