Chernobyl boy given emergency op

PUBLISHED: 15:42 11 October 2007 | UPDATED: 15:17 12 May 2010

Vlad Bonich with his mum

Vlad Bonich with his mum

AFTER a life-saving operation eight-year-old Vlad Bonich has been reunited with his mum in Melbourn. Vlad, who was one of the 17 youngsters involved with the Friends of Chernobyl s Children programme, was rushed to Addenbrooke s after a series of headach

AFTER a life-saving operation eight-year-old Vlad Bonich has been reunited with his mum in Melbourn.

Vlad, who was one of the 17 youngsters involved with the Friends of Chernobyl's Children programme, was rushed to Addenbrooke's after a series of headaches.

After an examination he under-went a two-hour operation on Saturday as a result of hydrocephalus, which is a build up of fluid around the surface of the brain.

Nicola Dunklin, of the Friends of Chernobyl's Children, said: "He's been in and out of hospital a lot over the last year. Last week he had complained of these headaches and we were obviously concerned.

"We had no idea how serious it was. He became very poorly and we were given a real scare."

Due to the operation, Vlad was unable to fly back with the rest of the group to Belarus on Sunday.

Nicola said: "If this had happened when he had returned he may not have survived.

"This operation will give him a better life."

The charity flew Vlad's mother, Lullianna over to be by her son's side.

Lullianna told The Crow: "I'm tired and have had many sleepless nights. I feel better now we are together."

Vlad said: "I'm ok, and I'm feeling a lot better.

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