These startling before-and-after pictures show a popular Russian bodybuilder who is now impoverished and asking for financial support for medical treatment in Turkey after being diagnosed with late-stage liver cancer.
Bodybuilder Nikita Kuleshov, 24, from the city of Rostov-on-Don in the western Russian region of Rostov Oblast was a popular figure on social media thanks to his bodybuilding exploits. But that all changed when he went to visit a doctor around four months ago.
He was complaining of back pain and thought he was just suffering from a cold but was shocked when the doctors told him he was suffering from late-stage liver cancer, despite living a healthy lifestyle.
Local media outlet Life reported that Mr Kuleshov was told nothing could be done to halt the disease but the desperate young man decided to fight for his life anyway with a treatment in Turkey.
The bodybuilder lost 20 kilograms during the first month after his diagnosis and announced his disease to his 24,000 followers on Instagram, sharing his mother’s bank details for donations after contacting the experts in Turkey who reportedly offered him a glimmer of hope.
Despite the fact that people started donating money, another obstacle popped up, according to Life.
The 24-year-old became stranded at home and unable to leave for Turkey because of the coronavirus pandemic which had halted flights out of Russia.
He then announced that a random netizen named ‘Katya’ offered him a personal flight on her private plane, and Mr Kuleshov flew to the resort city of Antalya to undergo treatment.
The latest videos shared on his social media page shows him exhausted in his bed as the off-camera voice explains that he is waking up after the first surgery. “The operation cost us $US20,000 USD. The treatment is very expensive here. We still have chances to survive. Hope you are with us,” the female voice said.
His followers online continue to support the young man with words of hope and donations for his treatment.
“Get better soon and get back to the lifestyle you were following,” commented one, while others also expressed hope for a miracle recovery.
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