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The first kinesiotherapy room in Crimea

On February 9, the official opening of the kinesiotherapy room was held at the Children’s Clinical Hospital for the Republic of Crimea. This was a watershed moment in the lives of cystic fibrosis patients in this region.

Work on the project to establish the room commenced in July 2017, with the support of the Ostrova Charitable Foundation. The participants faced a challenging task: conducting a complete re-equipment of the room. The windows were replaced, the electrical wiring and heating system were installed, minor repairs were made to the walls and the floor, and the equipment required for kinesiotherapy sessions was purchased.

The room now complies with all the key requirements and is ready to operate.

Sessions with child patients are carried out on a regular basis during their hospitalization: five days a week from 8AM to 5PM. Beforehand, thanks to the support of the Foundation, Irina V. Sukhorukova, a physical therapy specialist in the physiotherapy department at the Children’s Clinical Hospital for the Republic of Crimea, received training to become a kinesiotherapy specialist. 

Anna A. Merenkova, the project leader and chair of the Crimean regional public organization helping CF patients, “Easy Breathing in Crimea!”, shared her impressions: “Our parents know very well what kinesiotherapy is and how important it is for children with such a difficult diagnosis. But knowing about something and being able to do it are two very different things! Thanks to the kinesiotherapy room, we now have the opportunity to not only see and learn, but also feel just how important kinesiotherapy is for our children”.    

There are 47 children with cystic fibrosis living in the region and all of them are patients at the Children’s Clinical Hospital for the Republic of Crimea.