Four year old Nikola Miecznikowska is a happy and curious four year old. She is from village of Stanica in southern Poland. Although shy, when she warms up and smiles she steals the heart of everyone who meets her.
Everything began around mid-2015. Parents observed problems with her balance and motor skills. This was accompanied by others symptoms such as vomiting and headaches. Concerned parents consulted with the doctors who at first assumed the cause of such symptoms is anemia. However without any improvement, Nikola’s parents consulted privately with the neurologist. He urgently referred the girl to the Upper Silesian Children’s Health Center in Katowice, where after carrying out specialized research and diagnosis, she was diagnosed with Medulloblastoma.
Nikola underwent a tumor removal operation. This stage was a success – the tumor was removed completely. Unfortunately, the tumor has caused the girl to have numerous neurological disorders including: lack of ability to move independently. The girl also received 4 cycles of intensive chemotherapy, underwent head and spine radiotherapy and maintenance chemotherapy, during which the presence of tumors and some changes in the spine showed signs of tumor resonance. After complete remission of the disease, which lasted throughout the year, the cancer returned and attacked Nikola on each side.
Doctors in Poland had done everything they could for Nikola but parents are refusing to stop fighting for their daughter and sought other treatment options abroad. Nikola has been accepted and as of June 12, 2017 she has been receiving treatment at the Department of Pediatrics and Adolescent Medicine Medical University of Vienna in Austria.
Such treatment however involves high costs that the family can not cover themselves. Our most recent event, the Midsummer Night Fundraiser, was organized to raise funds for Nikola. We are hopeful that Nikola’s treatment will be successful and amid sickens she’ll get to experience the joys of life.