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Russia's Disabled Hit Hard By New Rules

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Daniil is 5 years old, but he has spent more time in the hospital than many adults.
 
Last year, he was treated four times at the intensive-care unit of his local hospital in Magnitogorsk, an industrial city in Russia's Urals region.
 
Daniil suffers from congenital adrenal hyperplasia, a life-threatening genetic disease that causes hormonal imbalances, growth problems, and severe vomiting due to the body's inability to retain salt.
 
Although he relies on a daily cocktail of drugs to survive, Daniil was struck off the disability register in October, leaving his family to fend for itself.
 
"It was a shock for us," says his mother, Marina Nizhegorodova. "Now, we have to pay for the tests and the drugs from our own pocket. They took everything away from us."
 
Daniil is one of hundreds of thousands of patients who were denied disability benefits in 2015 under new measures that health advocates say are hurting many of Russia's most vulnerable citizens.
 

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