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Life interrupted: A photo essay about one girl's battle with cancer

A personal story in photos of a small Russian girl who could not overcome cancer.
By Ksenia Isaeva, RBTH
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Yulia Skorobogatova

Russian photographer Yulia Skorobogatova created a photo series about a small girl undergoing cancer treatment. This emotional topic was the hardest that Yulia has ever covered.
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Yulia Skorobogatova

Yulia shares Dasha's story: ‘When I saw Dasha for the first time, she was wearing her best clothes. She looked at the camera and smiled clumsily. It was hard to find a common language with her. She seemed to think I would hurt her.
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Yulia Skorobogatova

To begin with, she blatantly avoided me and always snuggled up to her mother. I made an effort not to scare her, and soon Dasha got used to me.
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Yulia Skorobogatova

She started feeling better and better, even though she was going through another course of chemotherapy. After the treatement, an operation to remove the tumor was scheduled.
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Yulia Skorobogatova

Based on good test results, her doctors' prognosis was positive.
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Yulia Skorobogatova

However, during the operation it became clear that the child would not survive.
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Yulia Skorobogatova

All her organs were covered with tiny metastases, which could not been removed.
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Yulia Skorobogatova

Then Katya, Dasha’s mother, was given the verdict: "Nothing can save your daughter."
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Yulia Skorobogatova

Katya decided to tell her daughter that the operation was successful and that everything would be fine.
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Yulia Skorobogatova

The last time I saw Dasha was when I accompanied her to the train station. They were heading to children's hospice in St. Petersburg, the only one of its kind in 2014.
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Yulia Skorobogatova

She died on 15th March 2014. Several days later she was buried near her grandfather.'
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Yulia Skorobogatova

There are just two children's hospices, one palliative care center and about 20 palliative wards in Russia's more than 80 regions.
June 7, 2016
Tags: society, medicine, people_multimedia

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