Khrystyna is only two years old. But the girl already knows what war is. In March, her father joined the Armed Forces of Ukraine. But after a few months, he returned home because his family faced another war – with cancer. While little Khrystyna undergoes treatment with her mom at the hospital in Kyiv, her dad takes care of Khrystyna’s seven-year-old sister at home.
A few months ago, Khrystyna’s mom noticed that her younger daughter felt weak and lost appetite and orientation in space. The girl even stopped standing on her feet.
Soon Khrystyna was diagnosed with brain cancer.
She already had brain surgery and five cycles of chemotherapy – seven more to go.
Despite grueling treatment, she stays positive and goes step by step towards defeating the disease.
Khrystyna’s story is about how two wars simultaneously came to one Ukrainian family. And today, hundreds of families face childhood cancer in Ukraine.
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