By Bejay Browne
A PAPHOS toddler, blind since birth, is finally undergoing treatment in Thailand in a bid to help him see.
Iordanis (Dani) Demetrof, born in March 2011, has already been treated in Thailand at a cost of €28,000. He will need three such treatments; the shortfall of €5,000 for the second trip was donated by Russian entrepreneur Andrey Dashin, founder of Alpari and ForexTime Ltd.
Family members managed to raise about €16,000 in total, while another €7,000 came from fundraising events.
Dashin actively undertakes regular charitable initiatives in both Cyprus and Russia and along with his wife has just launched the Andrey and Julia Dashin Foundation. The charitable foundation aims to provide both practical and financial support to different community causes.
Rafaela Dimitrova, Dani’s mother, said that just months after his birth he was diagnosed with severe optic disc hypoplasia by a specialist at Great Ormond Street Hospital in London.
Since his first treatment, Dani’s sight has slightly improved and he is now able to react to light stimulation and his mother’s presence. His family believes that by completing all three treatments, the three-year-old will have a real chance of being able to see.
Dani’s family said he is already coping well with the month-long treatment which is currently underway at the specialist ‘Better Being Hospital’ (BBH) in Thailand.
As well as his main treatment programme, the toddler is undergoing occupational, physical and aquatic therapy, nutrition and hyperbaric oxygen therapy.
“Dani feels really good and we would like to say a big thank you to all of the people who helped him,” his family said.
The first stage of Dani’s treatment was carried out successfully in Thailand and the second phase got underway at the end of April.
Dani’s family members speak little English, but do have friends who can translate and they understand Greek. To contact Dani’s family email [email protected]