In October 2012, Stepan and his twin sister Lera were born strong and healthy. Yet within a few weeks, Stepan’s parents noticed that his pupil wasn’t black, instead it was transparent. Their ophthalmologist referred the baby for additional diagnostic testing, which detected retinoblastoma in both eyes. However, the local doctors hesitated and did not schedule any treatment for young Stepan.
Stepan’s parents watched anxiously as their son’s condition deteriorated, and they decided to search for treatment abroad. Their research led them to Sheba Medical Center in Israel, where Dr. Victoria Vishnevskia-Dai and a comprehensive team of specialists began to treat Stepan immediately. Over the next year and three months, he underwent multiple procedures and therapies. Since January 2014, Stepan has been in remission.