Fourteen-year-old Ivan is sponsored through the Ternopil site in Ukraine.

Chalice critical needs - oxygen concentrator for Volodymyr, UkraineHe was born with a severe and progressing form of hydrocephalus (fluid accumulation on the brain) as well as cerebral palsy.

When he was ten years old, he required emergency surgery to insert a tube into his trachea to help him breathe. Since that operation, he has frequently needed to travel to the nearest hospital to receive treatment with a ventilator - the only machine that the hospital has.

With the onset of the COVID-19 pandemic, that one ventilator is in high demand, and Ivan's family is terrified that one day he will need it and it will not be available. Additionally, the trips to the hospital place Ivan at a high risk of exposure to the virus, which would be disastrous.

Ivan lives with his parents, two sisters and his grandmother. They rely on his mother Oksana's income working for a gas company and Ivan's small disability benefit. His father, Andriy, is Ivan's full-time caregiver. The family can barely cover utility costs and Ivan's ongoing medical needs are expensive.

Ivan needs an oxygen concentrator machine he would use at home, preventing the risky hospital visits and the chance of the life-saving ventilator being unavailable.

The Ternopil sponsor site director has requested $1,309.18 CAD to purchase the oxygen concentrator machine recommended by his doctor.

Funding Request: $1,309.18
Critical Need: UTT1120B

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Please note that any donations that exceed the request will be used to fund other critical need emergencies that may arise.

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