Nikita Pechenkin will be saved by spinal surgery

Vesti.Ru and Rusfond teamed up to help seriously ill children. As part of the project, we talk about children and their parents who are in trouble, experiencing grief and need, desperate to find funds for treatment. There is nothing more terrible than the suffering of a child – and nothing more joyful than his recovery. Every week we tell stories about children to raise funds for their treatment. Children cannot cope without your help.

Today we are talking about 14-year-old Nikita Pechenkin from the village of Knevichi, Primorsky Krai.

Nikita has a curvature of the spine: scoliosis has already reached the 4th, most severe degree. Physiotherapy exercises, physiotherapy and constant wearing of a rigid orthopedic corset do not help. The boy is growing rapidly, and the curvature is no less rapidly increasing. Nikita suffers from back pain, from the slightest load he begins to suffocate. Only an urgent operation will help him – the installation of a special metal structure on the spine. Save treatment dangerous, but a large family is unable to pay for it.

From a letter from Tatyana Pechenkina, Nikita’s mother: “My son was born healthy, grew and developed normally. But when he was ten years old, during a routine examination, the doctor discovered he had a slight curvature of the spine. Nikita was prescribed treatment – massage, physiotherapy, physiotherapy, recommended to wear orthopedic corset. But nothing helped. Over the past year, the son grew rapidly, and the curvature of the spine, as shown by X-ray, has already reached the most severe degree, 4th degree. There were back pains, shortness of breath, Nikita weakened, began to get tired quickly. We went to the Medical center of the Far Eastern Federal University in Vladivostok. The diagnosis was confirmed. Doctors say that only surgery can help – installing a special metal structure on the spine. But there is no state quota for such an operation for the next year in the clinic, and it’s already impossible to wait: the chest organs are compressed, it’s hard for my son to breathe In the near future, the operation can only be done for a fee, but it costs a lot of money, we I can’t collect a huge amount – there are three children in the family, only dad works. Please help!”

989,138 rubles are not enough to save Nikita Pechenkin.

Traumatologist-orthopedist of the Medical Center of the Far Eastern Federal University Konstantin Zinchenko (Vladivostok): “Nikita’s diagnosis is idiopathic progressive C-shaped right-sided thoracic scoliosis of the 4th degree (the angle of curvature has reached 48 degrees). Conservative treatment is already useless, the disease is progressing, so in the near future it is necessary to perform an operation with the installation of a metal structure, which will eliminate the deformation of the spine, while maintaining its mobility. The boy’s quality of life will improve significantly.”

The cost of the operation is 1,201,231 rubles.

RUB 212,093 collected by readers

Not enough 989 138 rubles.

Rusfond (Russian Aid Fund) was created in the fall of 1996 to help the authors of desperate letters to Kommersant. After checking the letters, we post them on Kommersant, on the websites,, on the TV channel Rossiya 1 and radio Vera, on social networks, as well as in 155 print, television and online media. Transfers from bank cards, electronic cash and SMS are possible, including from abroad (details at We just help you help. In total, more than 18.368 billion rubles were collected. In 2022 (as of December 1), 1,305,878,133 rubles were collected, 1,211 children received assistance. Rusfond is a laureate of the national award “Silver Archer” for 2000, is included in the register of SO NPOs – performers of socially useful services. In December 2021, Rusfond received a grant in the Moscow is a Good City competition to attract Muscovites to the National RCMP, and in January 2022 it won a presidential grant to organize the search for bone marrow donors for 200 patients. President of Rusfond Lev Ambinder is a laureate of the State Prize of the Russian Federation.

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