Charity’s £8,000 bill after operation

CHARITY Friends of Chernobyl s Children has been presented with an £8,000 medical bill by Addenbrooke s Hospital after a child in its care underwent a life-saving operation. As reported in last week s Crow, Vlad Bonich, eight, had an operation during a mo

CHARITY Friends of Chernobyl's Children has been presented with an £8,000 medical bill by Addenbrooke's Hospital after a child in its care underwent a life-saving operation.

As reported in last week's Crow, Vlad Bonich, eight, had an operation during a month-long visit to the UK organised by the Melbourn branch of Friends of Chernobyl's Children.

He has since returned to the Ukraine, and the charity has discovered it has to pay for his care, surgery, and scans.

Nicola Dunklin, from Friends of Chernobyl's Children, said: "Addenbrooke's has been wonderful and Vlad has had tremendous care.


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"But I do feel rather outraged that the charity could lose a year's money which could fund 18 children for a whole visit on the programme."

The charity has already paid for Vlad's mother, Lillianna, to fly over to the UK to be with her son.

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Olwyn Keogh, founder of Friends of Chernobyl's Children, is liaising with the hospital finance department to see whether all, or part, of the charges can be waived.

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