A few years ago we visited JoSiTo in Antalya, Turkey and had a wonderful time climbing there. Took our 1 year old with us so this is very pertinent. I just received a message from JoSiTo as follows:
Hallo climbing comunity,
At Geyikbayiri, a tragic accident happened to a 5 year old girl. She is very seriously injured , in intensive care. As she has no more ensurance for costs of hospitalization and transport to russia she needs all our help.
For more informatiom please read the article below from journalist Anna Piunova (mountain.ru). We ask you for help, even if it's only with a little money.
Thank you for your heart and care,
Appeal by Anna Piunova (mountain.ru):
...A dreadful accident happened in Turkey with Zalia, a daughter of Salavat Rakhmetov, famous boulderingist, he won World Championship 2005 in Munich at the age of 38.Sure, you've heard about him. Salavat lead the pitch, his wife belayed, when huge block of rock fell down directly to their 5 y.o. daughter, she's still unconsciousness, in intensive care in a Turkish hospital, she has pulled through four surgeries (amputation of a hand, sewed big toe on a leg, stuck in the spokes of a broken arm and a leg).
But she needs one more heavy operation - damaged crashed skull fragments fell into the brain.
Doctors are waiting for swelling of the brain reduces to allow the operation for removing these fragments.
The problem is that her medical insurance expires tomorrow, and sheâ€™s still not transportable because of the injuries.
Hospitalization can last from two weeks to a month. And the cost (w/o surgeries) will be approximately in total about $120,000.
So let's try to co-ordinate and to find money for Zalia. It is not so easy.
But all our children grow up near the cliffs.....
We propose this for all internatinal donations, because it's the best working and by far cheepest option for those. You can donate, to a PayPal account that was also established to help with foreign donations.
For more information and donation, this way visit the site: http://sharmenhope.com/zaliya/