In 2011, 11 year old Nurilo migrated with his family from Uzbekistan to Yekaterinburg, Russia, with the hope of a better life. Some years later, Nurilo an active, healthy young boy began to bleed frequently from his nose and mouth. As migrants, Nurilo’s family did not qualify for free healthcare in Russia.
After many months his parents managed to gather enough money to take him to a doctors surgery; the results were devastating. Nurilo was diagnosed with Aplastic Anemia, a rare blood cancer.
Despite there being hospitals in Russia that could treat Nurilo with the necessary life saving treatment he urgently required, he was refused treatment simply because he was a migrant.